Miniatures & Enlargements
Miniatures & Enlargements
We appreciate that not everyone has space at home for life size statues. This is why we cast anything from full bodies to just little parts. But if it is a full or partial body statue you want but you don’t have the space then another option is to get a miniature made.
Reducing and enlarging sculptures used to be a laborious and difficult process. The result would depend on the skill of the sculptor and, like all traditional sculpture, may have only turned out as a simulacrum rather than a faithful representation of the person.
Nowadays things are different. With the advent of laser scanning, 3D printing and CNC technologies, reductions and enlargements of sculptures have become much more viable and considerably more accurate. It’s also now considerably cheaper!
There are various different processes we use. Depending on the required outcome we may elect just to reduce the piece by hand using careful measurements and the skill of our talented staff. However, we may instead take a laser scan directly from you or we may choose to cast you and take our laser scanning data from the cast.
This data can be used to digitally reduce or enlarge your cast and is then output to various different machines to produce an intermediary version of your sculpture at absolutely any scale. This piece is then worked on by our sculptors to refine and reinstate any lost details. Finally, it will be used as the basis for creating your finished piece.
Hence we can produce copies of you or any part of you at any scale and in any material. We could make your breasts into monumental marble sculptures for your garden or your entire body as a tiny bronze keyring for your pocket. We could cast your bottom in silver as a fine pair of cufflinks or earrings. The are no limits beyond what you can imagine.
A full list of materials and their relative merits are explained on the What We Do page.
We can also provide a model if you have an idea for a sculpture but would prefer not to feature yourself!
All changes in scale are by their nature a very individual undertaking so pricing is on a per item basis. Do not however anticipate that a smaller cast will necessarily be cheaper. The amount of work to create a miniature can far exceed that of a lifesize piece. The saving in material may not outweigh the increase in labour. Enlargements however you can always guarantee will be more expensive. It’s all comes down to size and the chosen material.
As a very rough guide, a sculpture about 1/3 in scale will cost roughly the same as a full-size original if it is to be a detailed and faithful representation.
The exceptions to the rule are when we are making tiny copies like keyrings from an existing piece or straight from the body. As there is minimal detail, most of the work is done on the computer and the material cost of small pieces is minimal (excepting precious metals). Things like keyring copies of your piece can be surprisingly inexpensive (but never cheap!)
Click on the images for individual prices. A full price list of everything in all materials suitable for these casts can be found on the Pricing page. This can give you at least a rough idea of what something you have in mind may cost.
You can also emails us with your ideas for an estimate. The more exact your description is the more accurate we can be but if you’re not really sure, just be vague and we’ll do our best 🙂