Bronze Cock Pheasant
Cast in bronze by Pangolin Editions the pheasant
follows the method that has become synonymous
with the work of Netz. The use of wire to form the
shape and image makes the completed edition
instantly recognisable as Edward Netley's work.
A long process begins with a wire sculpture which
then needs to be filled and presented to the
The sculpture was selected and work began so it
could be filled with Newplast. For example thought
had to be applied about how far the filling could
stretch before extra bracing was needed. The
weight increased by amounts vastly in excess of
the design parameters of the wire sculpture.
As the filling continued the sculpture
increased to just under 20 kilo's. The
only way was to support it by placing it
on it's back. Very careful handling was
utilised as the Newplast though strong
was a 'soft' material.
The finished sculpture was then taken to
the foundry who then cast the complete
work. From that mold a wax copy was
The green wax shows the main body
with the blue wax forming the legs.
The red rods are wax to allow air etc to
flow out during the casting process.
Pangolin Editions utilise the lost wax
The tail was formed separately from the
body as was the base.
The base was molded from a stone
individually selected from the artists
garden. Here it is seen in the wax stage.
Once approved by the artist the wax
then has another mold formed around it
and the wax melted out. The hollow
space is then ready for the molten
bronze to be poured. A long and time
consuming process by a large team of
highly skilled workers.
The cast pheasant is then sent to the metal workshop in the 'raw' bronze to be welded and
worked together. Once completed it is again inspected by the creator. Any changes required
are then made before the bronze is sent to the patina room where the final finish is applied.
|Copyright Edward Netley 2010
|Below shows the work that every bronze undertakes in it's journey from first conception
to final piece. The end sculpture will last a thousand years in it's bronze form.