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I source my work from books, auction catalogues and by visiting museums armed with my camera.

Once inspired, work begins (I only sculpt things that I would want myself).

Starting with a wine cork, I insert copper wire into this to form an armature upon which I build up the model in "Milliput", using my fingers, dental tools, sharpened cocktail sticks and whatever else comes to hand.

Figure 1

Each original model takes from between several days (in the case of the Egyptian cat) to several months (Rape of a Sabine).

Once I am happy with the finished model, it is sent to the foundry to be cast in bronze.

From my original "master", a silicon rubber mould is produced into which hot wax is injected. This wax "sub-master" is then covered with a type of plaster. When set, it goes into an oven, drying out the plaster and also melting the "sub-master" inside, which drips out leaving a cavity. Into this cavity is poured the molten bronze.

Figure 2

The mould is then smashed open and the rough bronze is returned to me for final finishing off.

The models are then either patinated with acids and polished or sent away to be gilded with 24 carat gold.

They are then painted with oil based enamels (where appropriate) and finally signed by myself.



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