The life-sized Staffie Waving Paws sculpture, ‘Nanny Dog’ by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Limited edition, from the ‘Affection’ range. Handmade in England.
Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze
Size: H:630 W:420 D:230 mm, H:25 W:17 D:9 inches
Bronze Resin (Limited Edition 25) Price £475. Includes UK delivery, (excludes international delivery).
Foundry Bronze (Limited Edition 25) Price £2,650. Includes UK delivery, (excludes international delivery).
To purchase the Staffie Waving Paws sculpture, ‘Nanny Dog’ please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour can vary slightly.
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 Staffie Waving Paws sculpture, ‘Nanny Dog’
I modelled this sculpture because staffies have a really hard life in this country. They’ve been overbred and kept by some awful people, receiving little training and thousands have ended up abandoned.
If you can help these beautiful, happy, loving dogs – named ‘the Nanny Dog’ by those who know them – please donate to dog rehoming centres. If you are able, please consider adopting a staffie, and giving one of these amazing dogs a family and a home. The ‘Nanny Dog’ is modelled on my own ‘Asha’ and she has been a constant source of joy and comfort in my life.
The Staffie Waving Paws ‘Nanny Dog’ was originally handbuilt (slab-built for ceramic) in clay and then fired. I love the pose so much that later 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.