The bronze of Tintin and Snowy was created using a foundry cast. The cast is made to reproduce in detail the dimensions and shape of the model. Molten bronze (1100 °C) is then poured into the mould to make the first stage of the bronze, which is then chiselled by hand to produce the finest detail. The entire process is undertaken with the utmost respect to the author's design and at completion the bronze is lightly polished to lighten the colour. The final stage is the signing and numbering of the piece, which assures that ethical code of the foundry is respected and that, in this case, only 12 copies of the Tintin bronze were created.
The first Tintin bronze
It is fitting that the first Tintin bronze ever made should be created through a mix of traditional techniques and the most up-to-date modelling techniques available today. Technology and handwork compliment one another.
Lithographic printing involves harnessing the insolubility of water and oil. This allows for the creation of pencil or ink lines on stone or metallic plate, which are then reproduced on rag paper. For each colour a separate printing pass is made (some of the lithographs on display in the gallery require more than 20 passes to create), making each creation unique and original. A lithograph is not meant to be absolutely faithful to the original in the finest possible detail; rather it is a creative process in and of itself.
Bas-reliefs and exceptional figurines complete the collection on display in the gallery.