Bronze Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Sculpture

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is a breed of dog originating in Ireland. There are four coat varieties: Traditional Irish, Heavy Irish, English, and American. These dogs have a single coat which sheds very little hair, so they can be more easily tolerated by people allergic to other breeds.
(source wikipedia)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Highlights are added to the surface of the bronze dog sculpture

I took a scotch-brite pad and rubbed most of the surface of the bronze in order to remove the liver of sulfur patina from the highest points. The next step is to apply wax sealer to the entire bronze. The wax will protect the bronze and allow the patina to show it's true colors. The wax sealer is an on going maintenance that must be applied a few times per year if you wish to keep the bronze looking new. In door displays do not need the constant maintenance.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Application of the liver of sulfur patina on the dog sculpture

This video shows what the bronze looks like after the application of the "liver of sulfur" patina. Water was applied to the bronze to show what the finish will look like after the wax sealer is applied. Same idea when one wets a piece of wood to see how it will look after an oil rub.

Liver of Sulfur patina base applied to the dog sculpture

The patina of choice was liver of sulfur, it is a temporary patina until the client directs me. I believe the client will be adding a brownish patina to the bronze. Personally I like the current look. The last image is closer to the final look if the client goes with a liver of sulfur.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Dog bronze casting inspection prior to patina application

First inspection of the metal phase: I used a sharpie to mark the areas of the bronze that needed revisiting. The metal chaser will take use an assortment of tools to clean up the areas I noted. Once the metal detailing is up to my standard the patina phase will begin. The client has chosen a traditional brownish patina.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Wax positive pulled from the mold

Today I visited the foundry for the wax inspection. I found several minor areas that needed revisiting. There where several cavities I marked with the felt marker that needed filling. Overall it looks very good. The next inspection will be the metal inspection. After they pour the bronze and get it close to finish, I will revisit the foundry for a detail inspection. They estimate 3-4 weeks to complete the wax chasing, ceramic shell; pour.  

wax dog casting

wax dog casting

wax dog casting

wax dog casting

wax dog casting

wax dog casting

wax dog casting

wax dog casting

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The dog sculpture made it safely to the foundry. The process should take about 8 weeks to produce the bronze casting.

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