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Sculpture of an SMLE and covered helmet propped in a couple of sandbags. It stands just about 11 inches high.

Just have to figure out how to mould and cold cast bronze now.

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Done the moulds (which wasn't simple as I needed to figure out how they were going to be ultimately poured as the rifle and helmet do not have a flat base and are quite detailed). And have done the first couple of casts. 

The cast needs some good plastic primer before painting (fixative or other forms of primer don't really do the job - that's the usual stuff I have hanging around).

But not bad for a first go at something this detailed. 

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Just to complete (someone may have an interest). The very difficult cold cast brass one is done.

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Beautiful!! Do the sandbags provide enough ballast to mitigate the harm caused by a clumsy oaf reaching across his desk for his coffee cup? I speak only for myself, of course. 

Seriously, that is a beautiful piece of work. 

Mike. 

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Thanks very much Gents. A sort of new line for me and am quite pleased how these have turned out.

Mike - I've sorted a stand for them now so even more stable. Funnily enough the brass effect one looks better without a wooden stand.

Peter - I've only cast a few so far as they are proving quite difficult to do. I will have some available for sale once I figure it out . Prices will depend on what one is ordered as the time taken varies quite a lot. Plain white straight from the mould will be the cheapest (they are produced in 3 parts - the sandbags, the rifle and then the helmet which then slot together) then the cold cast bronze, then the hand painted on the stand (which will be quite expensive).

PM me if you are interested.

Thanks again  All

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Thanks, not only do you have to sculpt it, you have to think how you'll mould it and get the pieces out of the mould. As you understand very well - a whole skill in itself.

As I originally couldn't figure out how to do it (read - couldn't be bothered) I visited a specialist company and got a price from them to mould and produce the casts for me. As they do a lot of this stuff for sculpture artists all over the country, for films, promotions etc etc I also asked them how the finished product should be priced for selling. They recommended that a piece would normally be  priced at 3 to 10 times the cost for casting. For this piece, 3 times the individual cost would be £250. Blimey, and some are charging up to 10 times which would put these at £810 each (would include the jolly nice wooden stand though).  

How many would you like sir?   

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I know, "been there" as well.

I used to cast as well, not as talented as you, I used existing pieces I could lay hand on.

I know the mind game very well of thinking in the opposite way, in order to deliver a good die. No second chance during the process!

I did mantel pieces, gargoyls, and so on....

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