and imprint Pet-Paws fit together and are sold as a set.
Pet-Paw includes a hand written inscription on the back.
The surface around the edge of a Pet-Paw is highly polished
to a mirror finish.
Paw pads and claws are polished lightly. 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.
Creation of a Pet-Paw
a Pet-Paw is magic. Each Pet-Paw is a work of art made from
the 4 elements: Earth, water, fire, 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 or clay). When warm molten wax is poured into
the impression, the Pet-Paw becomes the liquid "reverse"
of the impression. The wax cools, and the Pet-Paw is solid
once again. The new wax pattern is used in a sand mold to
create the 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 (gas) 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