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The metal arrives rough cast from the foundry, in pieces. My husband Michael preps the edges and removes pour sprues - -


The patch on the hip is called a 'window'. It is cut from the wax before casting to allow the shell to dry thoroughly before pouring the molten bronze. - -


The window is welded in. - -


I get called into Michael's side of the shop to position pieces for proper angel and attitude. - -


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The head is tacked on and then studied before final welding. - -


The weld lines are sanded and blended to match the original texture. - -


I put the tail on wrong the first time... we broke it off and started over. De-tails, de-tails! - -


A few final touches on the welding. - -


After sandblasting, bully is all mine. Here, I am polising off some rough edges. - -


I put a high polish on him, to bring out some deeper highlights after final patina. - -


Applying the diluted potash. This turns the bronze blackish and is the base coat for applying the colors over later. - -


Highlights are polished back into the bronze, bringing up muscle definition. - -


The bronze is then heated with a torch and ferric nitrate is applied over the body. The ferric turns the bronze golden to deep rich brown, depending on the concentration and heat during application. I use a bismuth mixture on the grasses, which is semi-opaque. - -


Ive drilled the granite base and mounted him. Here, he has a final coating of paste wax, which will protect the patina and slow the aging/darkening process. - -


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