Border Collie cross sculpture

SITTING BORDER COLLIE SCULPTURE

Life-sized bronze ‘Sitting Border Collie’ sculpture by Tanya Russell, MRBS – a bronze border collie statue and border collie garden ornament.

10% of the proceeds from this sculpture supports ‘The Dogs Trust’ dog rescue charity.

From: £1,710.00

Dimensions (Metric):

H:64 W:46 D:64 cm

Dimensions (Imperial):

H:25 W:18 D:25 inches

Edition:

Foundry Bronze Limited Edition 125

Bronze Resin Limited Edition of 125

Colour:

Bronze. (This sculpture is handmade, so colour may vary.)

Creating the Sitting Border Collie sculpture

Dotti the Border Collie cross was is owned by a friend of the artist, who commissioned Dotti in this characterful pose. Dotti had a difficult start in life and suffered a lot of leg problems early on. She now lives in Australia with her family.

After taking Dotti’s measurements I took lots of photographs of her in a variety of poses, watching her expressions and mannerisms, and hearing about the way she behaved at home with her family. After that, with her owners, I decided which pose would suit Dotti best, then proceeded to model her in clay.

Once I’d sculpted Dotti 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.

Sculpting materials explained

Foundry bronze

Foundry bronze is the traditional method of casting molten bronze, using the lost wax process – used by sculptors in ancient Greece. The bronze is melted at extremely high temperatures and then poured into a single-use ceramic mould. It is a highly skilled, complex, time-consuming and labour intensive process. Combined with the innate worth of the bronze (which is made from copper and tin), this gives rise to the comparatively high value of a bronze sculpture. Foundry Bronze sculpture lasts indefinitely and is considered an investment, considered by many to be the premier and most authentic sculptural material. It is harder to repair than cold cast bronze if it is damaged, but damage is far less likely due to its great strength and durability.

Bronze Resin

Bronze Resin sculpture also known as “cold cast bronze”, is made of real bronze powder, mixed with polyester, epoxy or another resin and poured into a rubber reusable mould. This is backed up with very strong fibreglass and resin. Because real bronze powder is used over its surface, cold cast bronze can be coloured or patinated (a chemical reaction with the metals in bronze) to look very similar to Foundry Bronze. Casting a cold cast sculpture is faster and less expensive than casting bronze. It is also much lighter and is still relatively strong, as it can be reinforced with an internal steel structure. Cold cast bronze can last outside for over 35 years, and many last longer. Depending on the shape some cracking may occur over time, if water pools constantly in one area,  some cracking may occur after a number of years, particularly along seam lines if water sits and then freezes. Indoors bronze resin treated with care can last indefinitely. It is more fragile than foundry bronze and knocking or dropping can break or crack vulnerable parts of the sculpture. However, larger artwork is generally very durable and much more affordable.

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Additional information about the bronze Sitting Border Collie statue

This sculpture is available to order when out of stock

If the Sitting Border Collie sculpture is out of stock, then I can have one cast for you within 14 weeks. I can possibly get it cast in 6 weeks, if your sculpture is for a special occasion.

Ordering from outside the European Union

Please be aware of other factors when importing this border collie garden ornament. For instance your local customs duties may apply. This is most applicable to high value sculpture. Meanwhile, you will not need to pay EU sales tax (VAT).

Commissioning a bespoke dog sculpture

If you would like to commission a made-to-order bronze border collie statue, first of all I recommend looking at the information about bespoke sculptures on my dog commissions page. In particular, this should help guide you on sizing and possibly pricing. Afterwards, please contact me about your idea.

Payment terms when ordering a sculpture that is not in stock

If you are purchasing a sculpture that has already been cast, you will be invoiced the full price. I’ll also invoice the full price if you purchase a smaller piece. Otherwise, if you’re ordering a larger sculpture which needs to be cast like my bronze border collie statue, I’ll firstly take a deposit. In this event the deposit will likely be 50%. Finally, when your sculpture is finished, I’ll invoice the rest.