The ‘Please Take Me Home’ Sitting Staffie sculpture by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Limited edition. Handmade in England.
Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze
Bronze Resin (Limited Edition: 220) Price £475. Includes UK delivery, (excludes international delivery).
Foundry Bronze (Limited Edition: 220) Price £2,650. Includes UK delivery, (excludes international delivery).
Size: H:360 W:460 D:270 mm, H:14 W:18 D:11 inches
To purchase this Sitting Staffie sculpture ‘Please Take Me Home’ please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour and weight 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 ‘Please Take Me Home’, Sitting Staffie sculpture
This is my first abiding memory of my dog Asha when I first saw her at Battersea Dogs and Cats home. She looked so forlorn and had a little patch of fur missing on her forehead where she’d been rubbing it against the bars. She proved to be the first love of my life (which may explain why I’ve modelled more than a couple of sculptures of her!)
After taking Asha’s measurements I proceeded to model my memory of her in clay. She still does this pose occasionally – I think she knows that it automatically makes me give her a cuddle.
Once I’d sculpted Asha 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.