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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Sandicast Animal Sculptures

If you're a serious collector of animal figurines, you are most likely familiar with Sandicast.

Sandicast's animal figurines include 77 different dog breeds, 10 different cat breeds, more than 15 different Safari/Jungle animals, 4 types of wolves, 18 different North American animals, and 6 different Nautical/Marine Life figurines. In all, Sandicast's collection of figurines consists of 600 different dogs, cats, and wildlife in various sizes, ranging from 1 1/2 inches to 33 1/2 inches tall.

Sandicast Artist Sandra Brue has a unique style and ability to capture the personality and inner spirit of each animal with unmatched realism. Sandra studies and works with live models when creating her sculptures. Sandicast animal figurines often take months to complete. Sandra's passion for perfection requires countless hours of painstaking attention to detail. Her Jack Russell Terrier Original has 65,358 individually sculpted hairs! She never compromises their integrity for the sake of being commercially "cute."

For more exotic animal figurines, she is allowed to go behind the scenes at the San Diego Zoo. There, Sandra usually gets face-to-face with elephants, koalas, lions, and pandas. At the zoo, she met her 2 1/2 month old Tiger Cub model, "Chuffer." He was constantly batting his paws at Sandra and it took a few assertive "no's" to keep from being mauled by his sharp teeth. Sandra sculpted her African Collection Hippopotamus while actually inside its enclosure. Standing a mere six feet away from tons of muscle, Sandra says, "I felt an instant respect for these magnificent beasts." After experiences like these, going to the local cat shelter to create animal figurines is tame stuff! When sculpting cats, Sandra may visit a breeder or use a friend or neighbor's cat.

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Sandicast Animal Figurines


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