and imprint Pet-Paws fit together and are sold as a set.
Pet-Paw includes a hand written inscription on the back.
Inscriptions can be made on the side (edge) by request.
The surface around the edge of a Pet-Paw is highly polished
to a mirror finish.
Pet-Paws are solid metal and fairly heavy.
The average weight of a large relief Pet-Paw is 1 lb., and
1.5 lbs. for large imprint Pet-Paws.
The Creation of
a Pet-Paw is magic. Each Pet-Paw is a work of art made from
the 4 elements: Earth, fire, water, and air. A Pet-Paw transcends
through several states of matter during its creation. First
it is a solid in the form of an impression made of Earth
(Play-doh, clay, or plaster). Warm molten wax is poured
into the impression, and the Pet-Paw becomes the liquid
"reverse" of the impression. As the wax cools
the Pet-Paw becomes a solid once again. The solid wax is
the pattern that is used in a sand mold to create the hollow
cavity into which the molten metal will be poured. When
the wax pattern is removed from the sand mold, the Pet-Paw
is then just a cavity of air in the sand mold surrounded
by earth and water. Fire is used to heat the metal to its
molten state at about 2000° F. The molten metal is poured
like water into the sand mold and the Pet-Paw is liquid
once again, if only for a few seconds. Gases escape through
the sand as the liquid metal rapidly cools, and the Pet-Paw
becomes a solid for the third and final time.
Pet-Paw is as unique as the dog or cat that it was created
from. No two Pet-Paws are alike, even if they are cast from
the same paw impression using the same wax pattern. There
are many variables involved which include temperature, metal
composition, time, and the artist's hand. All these variables
contribute to the size, shape, color, and texture of the
Pet-Paw. During the casting process small quirks and inconsistencies
arise which add to the uniqueness and elegance of the Pet-Paw,
such as small pits or lines on the back of the paw. Pet-Paws
truly reflect the Wabi-Sabi aesthetic with their "flawed
beauty" - nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing
you have a plaster cast or an impression from any of the
cougar, bobcat, lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, cheetah, wolf,
If you do, I would love to borrow it and cast it in bronze!
In return, I will give you a free bronze casting from the
impression you send to me!