Solid cold cast bronze and resin Fiji Shell sculpture
Mounted on 20x20x3cm slate base
Numbered edition - The edition number will also be engraved on the sculpture by hand and a certificate signed by the artist Kara Sanches included.
Name of sculpture: 'Fiji' (Shell)
Weight: Approximately 9kg
Size: height is 49cm, width is 40cm, 17cm depth
The sculpture is heavy and so special care is made during packing and delivery.
Cold cast by my family's business at (LSSculptureCasting.com). Have a look at the website to see more about the process.
As I live next to the sea I get a lot of my inspiration and ideas from the patterns and texture I see there. This sculpture is a little different as it was inspired by one of a collection of beautiful shells my neighbour brought back from the island of Fiji. I loved the shape and the way it had been broken and tumbled on the seabed.
I make the sculptures first in clay and then cold cast each addition in bronze and resin. Each one is unique as they are finished by hand using several stages before the final finish is achieved. These sculptures are of the highest quality finish and great care and time is taken to achieve this.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Do they weather with age?
A. The sculptures are completely frost-proof making them suitable for the garden. They can be cleaned if required by using a small "wash up" sponge. The rough side of the sponge will highlight the metal.
Q. What about after care?
A. Do not use strong detergents or chemical cleaners, as this will destroy the patination. If the sculpture is placed outside, it is advisable to polish the sculpture with pure bees wax once a year. The wax is contained in a tin and applied using a brush. Leave for 2 hours and then gently buff with a cloth.
Q. Ordering sculptures?
A. Ordering an additional sculpture in aluminium or another finish such as bronze or rusted iron for example has a lead-time of approximately 6 weeks.
Please don't hesitate to email me for further information. Kara [!at] Sanches.com
Once payment has been received work will then start on your sculpture.
Please message me a contact number to pass onto the courier.
Once ready the sculptures are packed extremely well and couriered to the customer. For the UK this is a a standard courier delivery which normally arrives between 9am and 6pm on the agreed delivery day. You will be contacted to arrange the preferred day but there is no specific time.
If you would like a timed or special delivery such as next day either AM or PM then please select this delivery option. Message me your delivery preference. I will require a contact number so that arrangements for delivery can be made.
Just contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery
The sculptures are made with a threaded rod screwed into the underside and cemented in. This is then bolted onto the slate base if provided with the sculpture.
The sculpture can be fixed using an extra long bolt to be attached to a pedestal, however this needs to be requested.
However if the slate base is placed on a flat non porous surface, I recommend securing it with Museum Wax, which will stop it from being knocked off. This is a non permanent solution and the Museum Wax does not dry.
You could also use epoxy resin glue to cement the base in place.
I supply 3cm thick slate bases either 30cm, 20cm or 17cm with my sculptures, which have a hole in the middle 1cm and countersunk on the underside by 1.5cm deep (for the nut attachment) by a diameter of 3cm.
Useful information about how to display your sculpture can be found here:
Some photos show my sculptures displayed on slate-affect planters that have been turned upside down and used as pedestals. They are relatively inexpensive and you can find a variety of stone finishes and sizes. They are also easy to move around. One customer placed a tile, matching in size and colour, on top of an upturned planter to display their sculpture, which looked great. https://www.primrose.co.uk/planters
Here are a few links to pedestals that I have found on the internet, however I'm not able to endorse them. Just copy and paste :-)
-Grey cement pedestal - 100cm x 28cm x 28cm
-MDF display pedestals, ready to paint:
- Solits Plinths
More plinths and pedestals can be found on Etsy.