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French Bulldog sculpture

The life-sized French Bulldog sculpture by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Limited edition, from the ‘Affection’ sculptures range. Handmade in England.

French Bulldog sculpture, lifting paw

 

Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze

Size: life-sized

Bronze Resin (Limited Edition: 25) Price £690. Includes UK delivery, (excludes international delivery).

Foundry Bronze (Limited Edition: 25) Price £1,950. Includes UK delivery, (excludes international delivery).

 

To purchase this French Bulldog sculpture please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour and weight can vary slightly.

Materials explained

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 French Bulldog sculpture

This French Bulldog sculpture was modelled on Mae, a beautiful and bouncy dog, whose age seemed no impediment for her sitting for me.

After taking Mae’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 Mae best, then proceeded to model her in clay.

Once I’d sculpted Mae 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.

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