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Your pet's pawprint in solid bronze!


Send us an impression of your dog or cat's paw and we'll make it into a one of a kind keepsake.


A Pet-Paw is a one of a kind solid metal "paw" cast directly from your pet's paw print impression. Pet-Paws are cast from molten bronze, brass, copper, or aluminum. They are durable and permanent - and they are heavy!
If you drop your Pet-Paw, it will not break like a ceramic paw print can. Pet-Paws last forever and keep the memory of your pet alive always. It is comforting to hold your Pet-Paw and feel the paw pads in your hand.
It's like holding your pet's paw again.

 

Cast in your choice of the following 4 metals:


Brass Cper Copper Bn Bronze Alu Aluminum

Brass is a bright yellow metal.
Copper is a bright red metal.
Our bronze varies quite a bit. The color spans from a yellowish-brown to pinkish-brown. A new bronze casting is always bright and shiny, but will patina naturally over time to the familiar 'antique' brownish color. Some of our bronzes exhibit a natural swirled petina just after we pour them. If you want a timeless look, then choose to cast your paws in bronze.
Aluminum is a bright and silvery metal, and is much lighter than the other 3 metals. Take a look at our photo gallery to see more Pet-Paws categorized in the various metal types.

Our Pet-Paws are created in 2 styles:


Relief paws pet paws pet paws pet Imprint
paw pads are raised paw paw paw pads are recessed


A hole can be drilled for making pendants or keychains.
Cat paws, small dog paws, noses, and lighter aluminum paws.

Relief and imprint Pet-Paws fit together and are sold as a set.

Each 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.

 

The Creation of a Pet-Paw

Creating 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.

Every 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".

 



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