This gallery includes a selection of images from the ALL HANDMADE animal cast portfolio. The images are copyright protected and may not be copied without prior consent.

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2018 will mark a very special 20 year Anniversary, so in October 2017, I decided to apply for 'The London Marathon' which is being held on Sunday 22nd April 2018 and I will be running on behalf of 'The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association'.

Since 1998 I have been working on my own project called 'The Endangered Species Collection' where I began making learning aid tools for visually impaired people, working in conjunction with Chessington World of Adventures, Woburn Safari Park, the WWF and recently, Maidstone Museum. My aim is to raise awareness (and sponsorship money) for the Guide Dogs and the essential work they provide for everyone with sight loss.

As an artist, I have always appreciated my sight, particularly because I have already lost one sense, Anosmia (no sense of smell) which is a condition I have had since birth. I have always wanted to use my skills and experience to help those who would benefit most from the educational, tactile learning tools I make.

In addition to financial sponsorship, I plan to raise money by making and selling handmade casts of clients' pets' paws in various materials ranging from stone to cold cast metals or aggregates or semi-precious metals such as bronze or even precious metals, silver and gold. A 25% donation will be made for every cast up until the Marathon. Anyone interested in purchasing casts from my very rare (and limited edition) 'Endangered Species Collection' are also welcome to contact me via multiple social media platforms, email and private client commissions for a chance to own such special casts made for a very special cause.

If you would like to help sponsor me for a very worthy cause, please visit my donation page at:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=andre-masters

Thank you very much. X

I was commissioned by the WWF to create seven unique bronze animal casts for their brand new Head Office - 'The Living Planet Centre' in Woking. This new building will provide a public visitor experience centre with four interactive pods allowing people to touch these tactile and beautiful casts. The Living Planet Centre is due to open in November 2013.

All of the images in this gallery are from a self-initiated project I began in 1998. My idea was to offer a unique opportunity to create and expand individual teaching aids and point of sale items for endangered animals at wildlife safari parks and other zoological visitor centres.

The casts are designed to be used as teaching aids for the blind and partially sighted. In order to provide a realistic reference in size, I have also life cast a wide variety of domestic cats and dogs. 

The endangered animal casts include: 

Male & female Asiatic Lion paws, A male Sumatran Tiger paw, a male Persian Leopard paw, a male Clouded Leopard paw, female Indian Elephant skin casts, front and back feet, a whole tooth and an elephant poo! The casts also include a Sea Turtle flipper and head cast, a male Gharial (Crocodile) skin sample, a Conch Shell, a female Capuchin handprint and a female Colobus foot print. The series of casts continue to grow with more and more wildlife and conservation parks joining our cause with the latest additions being donated by the WWF and Maidstone Museum.

The casts were taken whilst the animals were annually vetted, allowing me the time to complete the moulding process. The casts were made in both positive and negative forms. The finished casts are to be used as teaching aids in blind schools across the country to give the partially sighted a new dimension in touch sensory education. The casts immediately convey the skin texture and sheer size of these magnificent animals, many of which are far too dangerous to touch in reality. The other main objective is to sell the casts in the education and visitor centres to help raise additional funds for the animals.

The moulding materials used for the animal casts are completely safe, none of the animals were hurt or injured during the moulding process.

Various moulds were made from this Indian Elephant at WOBURN SAFARI PARK.

The multiple 1' square swatches taken from the moulds create fantastically detailed textured samples, available in realistic soft SILICONE or hard RESIN. The cast in this image is made from black ONYX.

The following images illustrate the moulding process. This cast was created in association with CHESSINGTON WORLD OF ADVENTURES from ASLAN, an adolescent male Asiatic Lion.

This mould was taken from a fully grown male Sumatran Tiger. This is the largest cast in the series.

The third cast in the feline series was taken from this Clouded Leopard. Only a Leopard by name, as this breed of wildcat, belongs to its own genetic family of Neofelis Nebulosa. The Clouded Leopard has the largest canine teeth in proportion to its body size. Moulds of a Clouded Leopard canine tooth are also available.

Black ONYX casts of the male Asiatic Lion and the Sumatran Tiger.

Black ONYX casts of the male Clouded Leopard and the negative impression of the Persian Leopard.

Black ONYX casts of a female Colobus Monkey foot and a delicate female Capuchin Monkey hand.

 

André returns to WOBURN SAFARI PARK to remould Chandrika, the Indian Elephant he moulded back in 1998 at the beginning of the 'Endangered Species Collection' when she was only six years old. Now Chandrika is a fully grown adult weighing in at 3,300kg.

 

Highly detailed solid copper cold cast sample moulded from Chandrika's skin. 

 

 These are the original stone casts taken from the initial alginate moulds. Once the casts have been cleaned up (removing air bubbles that have been caught within the fur/details, the casts can be remoulded in a silicone rubber if the client requests multiple copies to be made or different materials options from the list of metal or stone composites.

 

  Cold cast copper paw casts and lead-free pewter nose casts were made for    this particular commission. The noses were made into key-ring keepsakes.

 

 The final patinated casts, ready for collection.

 

Initial wax casts made for the WWF, for their new 'Living Planet Centre' and Head Office, based in Woking, Surrey. Investment ceramic moulds were made and the bronze casts were poured, cleaned up and finally, a protective patina was applied.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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