Finished Golden

Golden Retriever Sculpture

Creating a bronze sculpture is a many, many step process.  So far in this journey, the clay and mold work are finished!

One of the things I try to do with a project like this one is to get it right.  Simple? No.  Necessary? For me, definitely! So in August, I showed the clay sculpture to the golden retriever dog breeders I have been working with to get this piece correct.  The sculpture received all thumbs up!

The photos below are of the clay version before I made the mold.  These are some of the photos that have been sent to several foundries for casting quotes on cost as well as time.  The ‘red’ ball you see will be the same color as the finished bronze.  The size of the dog is approximately 9-1/2″ tall sitting on an 8-1/2″ diameter round base.

Next step in the process will be creating the wax castings, which will then be taken to the foundry of choice for casting.  I should be able to get photos of those processes as well.

One of my challenges with this sculpture was the size.  Most of the work that I have done has been large, very large.  Whole body into it large.  Working small has some interesting challenges such as not letting my own body temperature melt the oil base clay while I worked on it in the summer.  Air conditioning and putting this pup in the fridge helped.  Also, the slightest details can be obliterated with a sneeze.  But overall, I am very happy with the results.

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Sculptor, painter, business owner, canoeist, hiker, tree hugger, can’t be stiller.

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