This is the final piece, based on a favorite photograph
This is the final piece– the platypus in bronze.
The piece begins with forming the platypus out of clay, as seen in the first four photographs below. Next a mold is made from the clay model (pictured). That mold is used to make a wax replica (also pictured), around which another mold is made. The wax is melted out of that mold and bronze poured in. This mold is destroyed when the bronze platypus is removed. The metal is then checked for imperfections, a patina applied, and the piece is done.
This is the final piece– the “Fritz” paintbrush holder.
Below is the journey in photographs of how the clay portrait took shape. This sculpture was made for a painter who finds inspiration in his beautiful dog.
This is the final piece- Raccoon (and Chicken) Sculpture
The raccoon was commissioned by a local school after their failed attempts to raise chickens. They first kept chicks in an open coop, then put a roof on the coop, then locked the chicks in a wooden house at night, but a raccoon got them every time. When the school decided to keep rabbits instead, they asked me to commemorate the lost chickens in clay. I decided to have the elusive raccoon make an appearance. The raccoon was, after all, just being a raccoon. In the sculpture, however, a chicken finally gets the upper hand.
See how the sculpture took shape below.