This lovely Golden Retriever is a woman's special friend . I worked from several photographs to make the clay model. Then the piece was covered in silicone rubber and a hard shell is added. This makes a mold into which wax is poured and worked until the piece feels and looks just right. Then, the process is out of my hands into those of many skilled artisans at a foundry, where it goes through many more steps before emerging as beautiful bronze.
The bear at the left is also in clay and you can see it in wax in an image below. At right is a sweet lamb that will be cuddled in the arms of a bronze bust of Pope Francis forever.
The happy clay rabbit ready to sit atop one of my Forever Treasure boxes like the one featuring this bronze goose, as will the little otters below. One is in clay, the other I sculpted directly in wax. Tiny work is very challenging, often requiring the use of magnifiers.
The young buck is in bronze already and rough-finished. Most of these pieces are meant to hang on walls, doors, trees and siding - indoors or out. Bronze is everlasting!
The trio of pieces (here in clay) will decorate the siding of a mountain home.
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