'Dotti' Border Collie- bronze resin
Bronze resin sculpture by Tanya Russell.
Size: H:640 W:460 D:640 mm, H:25 W:18 D:25 inches
Tanya sculpts because she is passionate about animals and their welfare- 10% of all proceeds from sculpture sales go to animal rescue charities.
Also available in Foundry Bronze- £7,410.00
Bronze Resin (known also as Cold Cast Bronze) is made from a polyester epoxy resin with real bronze powder mixed into the surface layer. The final product is patinated (a term that describes the reaction of chemicals with the bronze powder in the surface) to give it a very similar colour to foundry bronze.
Foundry Bronze is made from molten metal using the lost wax method. Bronze metal is a blend of copper and tin along with other metals to give different characteristics to the final product.
Both forms begin as a clay or wax sculpture, from which a mould is taken, but Foundry Bronze casting is a costly and time-consuming process. Cold Casting allows for faster production and a more affordable sculpture.
The intention behind the Border Collie, Sitting sculpture
Dotti the Border Collie cross was is owned by a friend of the artist, who commissioned Dotti in this characterful pose. Dotti had a difficult start in life and suffered a lot of leg problems early on. She now lives in Australia with her family.
After taking Dotti’s measurements I took lots of photographs of her in a variety of poses, watching her expressions and mannerisms, and hearing about the way she behaved at home with her family. After that, with her owners, I decided which pose would suit Dotti best, then proceeded to model her in clay.
Once I’d sculpted Dotti a rubber mould was taken, with ‘keys’ placed in the rubber to ensure proper positioning. Then a shell of fibreglass was applied, to protect the mould and support it during the casting process.