Arty Lobster Labrador Sculpture Process

Your Labrador sculpture!

We create a unique figurine of your pet and we ship it around the world. You only need to give us 5-10 photos.

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    How we create a lifelike sculpture of your labrador


    Are you looking for that perfect gift for a friend, or are you looking to remember that cheeky labrador pup forever, even when your lab is no longer small? Or are you or a friend looking for a memorial for that perfect black labrador retriever that sadly passed away recently? It might be time to consider getting a labrador sculpture.

    Here are 8 things to think about when you consider a labrador figurine.

    1. Materials

    A labrador sculpture can be made in numerous materials, the most common being bronze, stone, porcelain and plastic/resin.

    The most expensive of these materials is bronze, but there is a big difference in “pure” cast bronze and cold-cast bronze. The traditional cast bronze technique depends on making a model, and covering this model (often wax) with a heat resistant mould. After removing or burning off the model, molten bronze is then poured into the mould to form the shape. Cold-cast bronze is actually a mixture of 50-70% resin (plastic) and some bronze powder that is poured into a mold. Most cheaper bronze labrador figurines are produced with this much cheaper technique.

    Other common materials for pet figurines are stone and white porcelain, that both give a nice finish to the piece. The cheapest material used is plastic, which is also the lighter of the different materials covered.

    2. Custom vs standard (generic, painted generic, custom)

    Most labrador figurines are mass-produced and hand-painted in China. These standard figurines are usually split into black, golden and yellow labradors, and sometimes puppies too.

    A sculptor hired to do a completely custom sculpt of your pet will do the work locally and usually personally oversee the production of the sculpture. Arty Lobster is also using artists to sculpt each of our sculptures, and they are then 3D printed either in the UK or Netherlands to our specifications. It is very important for a high-quality piece that we have skilled sculptors and craftsmen at every stage of the process.

    3. Size

    Indoor sculptures tend to go from the smallest 5cm tall to around 20 cm tall, to fit on a table or mantelpiece. Outdoor garden ornaments are typically bigger, even up to a lifesize labrador sculpture.

    4. Time

    Whilst physical shops like John Lewis or online like Amazon can deliver a generic labrador retriever figurine quickly, we think it is worth waiting a bit for a truly customised sculpture. A sculptor usually spends 3-6 months to prepare a cast bronze retriever statue, but Arty Lobster can create a sculpture in 4-6 weeks.

    Arty Lobster Labrador Staffie Cross sculpture process

    5. Price

    Price is always an important factor. The prices can be as cheap as £10 for a generic lab ornament, and as high as £3000 or more for a sculpted piece. Arty Lobster offers hand sculpted pieces, but due to the more efficient production and digital work, we are able to offer a standard full colour sculpture for merely £195.

    6. Do they understand a lab

    labrador retriever breed standard diagram
    Another important question for a sculptor is whether they understand labradors in general and the looks of your specific dog in particular. From its humble origins as a fishing dog in Newfoundland, via Col Peter Hawker and the Earl of Malmesbury who promoted the labrador retriever in the UK, we now have very specific breed standards from The Kennel Club in the UK, The American Kennel Club or FCI the international association for dogs.

    Any generic figurine tends to work on a standard breed, but it is important that a sculptor is able to go beyond the breed standard and look at the particularities of your specific companion. For example, according to the breed standard, there are only three colours permitted: wholly black labrador, yellow labrador (from light cream to red fox) and liver or chocolate labrador. A small white spot on the chest is permitted. We all know that not all labradors fit this very narrow description, so our artists will look at the photos you give us and replicate the real colour of your lab.

    7. Pure breed vs crosses

    Many labradors are not pure breed, but mixed with one or more other breeds. At Arty Lobster, we love cross-breeds, because this is where our attention to detail and personal modelling works best. We will look at the pictures you give us a make sure that we really are modelling your specific dog. We can do pure crosses, like a labradoodle sculpture, but we are equally happy to do a sculpture that is vaguely Labrador plus multiple other breeds.

    Some of the popular crosses we have seen are

    8. Are customers happy?

    It can be a bit daunting to purchase a customised statue, as you can’t see the end product prior to purchasing. One way to get more confident about the accuracy of a sculpture is to read the testimonials of previous customers. At Arty Lobster, we are proud to display testimonials from our customers to help you decide. We also offer you a 100% satisfaction guarantee to give you additional confidence in us.

     I was over the moon when my husband surprised me with a the sculpture of Alfie, our adored family member of 13 years, after he had lost his battle with cancer. It is so like him its unbelievable, It has pride of place in our home.

    R. Smith

    9. Quality

    The final element to consider is the quality of the finished figurine. A high-volume product often has minor imperfections due to mould wear or where the moulds join. If a figurine is made in China, there might also be some issues around the training of workers.

    Arty Lobster only manufactures its sculptures in Europe, either in the UK or Netherlands. This is important to make sure that we are confident in the quality of each piece.

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    Arty Lobster Order Process

    1. Take photos2. Order3. Production4. Delivery
    You take 10 photos of your pet, with photos from the front, sides and back, as well as the face.You can order an Arty Lobster Sculpture online, and upload photos as part of the order process, or by post.When we receive your order, we model your pet and then 3D print it into a lifelike sculpture.We produce and deliver your product within 6 weeks, which is very fast for a custom made sculpture.

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    our customer says…


    Murray Rhodesian Ridgeback

    I received the sculpture of our Rhodesian Ridgeback “Murray” on Saturday. It looks great. Thank you.

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    Florrie Labrador

    We lost Florrie a few days after her first birthday due to an aggressive tumour. We were obviously devastated but when we received the model of her it brought back memories of our cheeky little lady. The pose was perfect from the pictures I gave you (which I know weren’t the best unfortunately). Anyway, thank you for making it for us. It is now sat next to her ashes as a reminder of what a fantastic, funny, gorgeous and completely nutty little pup she was.

    Archie Labrador-Rottweiler

    Thank you so much. Archie died in 2013 and it broke all our hearts. Your sculpture is like you can reach out and touch him, it now looks so much like our gorgeous big boy and we appreciate you taking your time in doing this.

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    Who is arty lobster?


    Arty Lobster is a company specialises in making high quality lifelike sculptures of your special pet since early 2014. Arty Lobster was founded by Lars Andersen and is located in London, United Kingdom.

    Since our start, we have been mentioned in many mass media, as BBC local radio, ITV’s Gadget Show, Dogs Today magazine, Pets Magazine, the Independent website or Huffington Post. Several Pet bloggers around the world has posted about us too. You can take a look of what some magazines and pet bloggers say about Arty Lobster here.

    We are proud to say we have claimed as the winners of the SME Stand-Out Innovative New Product of the Year 2016.

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    Why should i choose Arty Lobster?


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      100% Satisfaction Guarantee

      We pride ourselves on providing great pet sculptures. If you don’t like your statue, you can return it for a full refund. Read more about our guarantee here.

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      Unique Sculpture

      Arty Lobster makes each pet sculpture from the customer’s photos, so each sculpture is unique. There is no other pet like yours, and our sculpture is unique too.

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      You only need 5-10 photos of your pet to order a sculpture. You only have a few photos? No worries, we will create a beautiful sculpture anyway!

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