Friday, September 30, 2011

Horse sculpture (colt)

 "...and God took a handful of southerly wind blew his breath over it and created the horse". Bedouin Legend

This is an opportunity to purchase a piece in  progress. Because of the choice of deciding whether a patina will look like the standard traditional bronze patina or you wish to create a memory of either a horse in the past or the present, you will have that option on contacting me.

In this particular piece, a colt about a month or so old, I have tried to capture the undeveloped gawky look that endears them to our hearts.

The reason I am showing this in clay before it is patinaed is that some patrons  might want to personalize it by having it look like their own sorrel, paint or black as satin.

 I love horses so much (in the last year we lost a 34 year old) and I have had horses all my life.

My first horse was a spoiled rotten Palomino mare who would get down on her knees just long enough to let me off before she rolled letting  me know the ride was over. Later my Dad gave me a colt off the King Ranch to break all by myself. I managed to break him (I still don't know why they call it breaking because it sounds cruel) and a year later a guy blinded him in one eye and I had to re-train him where he was not gun shy on his right side.

My husband and I have had many horses through our lifetime and each one a charmer. There is no better life than to share it with a four legged equine friend.

This colt, not adding the base yet, measures 9 1/2" x 6" x 5 1/4"  and will have around an 1 1/3" base with routed edge following the contours of the colt. This will be an edition of 25, once all 25 are cast the mold will be destroyed.

This is the metal after cleaning and just before patina and base
Here are more pictures of the progress...the darker is the wax after pouring and cleaning.The next is the picture of the actual bronze fresh from the foundry and needing metal chasing. Notice the sprue coming off his chin and knee and also the tips of his ears...there is also a larger one on the backside of the neck and along the bottom.  These are all vents to either pour or vent the gases and help with the flow of the entire metal being forced into the mold at around 2300 degrees.

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