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This devoted couple was sculpted by hand from a single piece of serpentine stone, in Zimbabwe, designed by Itai Chazan, and sculpted by Herbert Mwandiringa. The shiny, darker area is polished using only floor wax. The sculpture is first shaped, using a combination of chisels, rasps (files), and sometimes a dremel. At that point, the stone is just a greyish/whitish color. Once shaped, the sculpture will still be rough because of the rasp’s rough teeth, so the next stage is sanding to get the texture smooth. In this piece, only the inner part of the heart and the people are sanded. Each grit of sandpaper, from the roughest to the finest, is used until the stone in those areas is super smooth. The piece is then washed, heated with a fire, or blow torch, and then, when hot, floor wax is applied, usually with a brush. Since the stone is hot, the wax melts into the stone, and then when it cools down, the polished area is buffed out with a cloth until it shines. The outer area is left completely alone, showing the natural state that the sculpture emerged from.
Because each piece is created by hand, and the coloration in each stone is different, the sculpture you are looking at is exactly the one you will receive. Please keep in mind that because these are natural stones, there are always flaws and imperfections. We have taken the clearest photos possible to show everything, but we believe that is also the beauty of these sculptures, that they were not produced in a factory, but rather by actual people, using natural stones quarried in the hills and mountains of Zimbabwe.