Playing Bearded Collie sculpture

The life-sized Playing Bearded Collie sculpture by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Limited edition, from the ‘Affection’ range. Handmade in England.

Playing Bearded Collie sculpture

Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze

Size: H:1200 W:950 D:700 mm, H:47 W:37 D:28 inches

Bronze Resin (Limited Edition 12) Price £2,540. 

Foundry Bronze (Limited Edition 12) Price £11,730. 

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To purchase the Playing Bearded Collie sculpture please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour 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 and process behind the Playing Bearded Collie sculpture

This sculpture was modelled on Keefa, who had unfortunately passed away before I was asked to do the commission. His owners showed their beautiful Bearded Collies, so I not only had photos of him to work from, but also had the pleasure of having his companion model for me so I could take lots of measurements. The challenge with Keefa was in preserving a sense of dynamic play while sculpting his long hair. But consequently it feels like he’s really leaping for a ball in the sculpture, and I hope his sculpture continues to give his owners happy memories of him long into the future.

Keefa was commissioned in Bronze Resin. Once I’d sculpted him in clay 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.