Yunus & Eliza cast figurehead for Royal Barge

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Jewellery sculptors part of team who have made design for pageant.

Artistic jewellers Yunus & Eliza have been busy working in secret on the casting of the huge figureheads sculpture that will adorn the prow of the Royal Barge – The Spirit of Chartwell – which will be part of this Sunday’s Jubilee pageant.

The duo have been part of a wider team who have worked on the project, with the sculpture made by Alan Lamb alongside students from City and Guilds.

It was designed with Joseph Bennet and includes two enormous Old Father Thames – figures of Britannia riding sea horses and scaly sharp-toothed dolphins.

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Yunus & Eliza’s Yunus Ascott and Eliza Higginbottom were employed as casting experts by sculptor and maker Fionn Rawnsley to help create a 90 piece mould.

The process involved the use of silicon rubber and plaster, before the sculpture was then cast in sections using Jesmonite, a type of acrylic resin, and then reassembled and gilded.

The figurehead will feature on the front of the Spirit of Chartwell barge, which will carry the Queen down the Thames during Sunday’s pageant proceedings.

 

 

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