Dormouse sculpture by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Open edition, from the ‘Great and Small Sculpture’ small animal range. Handmade in England.
Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze
Bronze Resin £56. Includes UK delivery, (international delivery £8).
Foundry Bronze £132. Includes UK delivery, (international delivery £8).
Size: H:100 W:60 D:45 mm (H:3 15/16 W:2 3/8 D:1 3/4 inches)
Bronze Resin Weight: 120g (4.2 oz.)
To purchase this sculpture 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 Dormouse sculpture
I modelled this Dormouse sculpture for my first show since getting back into my professional practice. I’d been running The Art Academy for sixteen years and was looking for ways to express what I wanted to do within my own art. So the Dormouse was one of the first in the ‘Great and Small Sculpture’ series.
I’m particularly aware of habitat loss for some of our own native animals in the UK. Have a look at the Dormouse Conservation Handbook to find out about nest boxes and managing woods, if you’re interested in learning more about protecting these beautiful creatures.
When I model animals I try where possible to find examples from life, but in this case, I used many, many photos. They helped to show the animal’s anatomical features, the way its fur lies over its muscles or alters its shape, and the animal’s different poses and attitudes.