Chihuahua, Standing sculpture

Chihuahua sculpture by Tanya Russell left side view

The Chihuahua, Standing sculpture by Tanya Russell, MRBS. Limited edition from the ‘Affection’ range. Handmade in England.


Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze

Bronze Resin (Limited Edition: 50) Price £650. 

Foundry Bronze (Limited Edition: 50) Price £1,680. 

(Prices include VAT and exclude delivery)

Size: Life-sized



To purchase this Chihuahua, Standing 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 Chihuahua, Standing sculpture

Dolly the chihuahua was fun, vivacious and interested and I really enjoyed working with her. Dolly was extremely good while I took her measurements, and was far more confident than many of the big dogs I work with. She was commissioned in both Foundry Bronze and Bronze Resin.

After taking Dolly’s measurements I proceeded to model her in wax. I worked with the client to get her just right and once I’d sculpted her 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.