THE POUR: The wax is burned out of the shell and molten bronze is poured into each of the pieces. This process is often referred to as the "lost wax method of bronze casting."
There is still much to do. Each shell must be broken off of the bronze, the metal is then cleaned and each of the pieces will be welded together.
It is a little horrific seeing John and the dog cast about and in pieces. The weld marks look horrible as well, but the foundry workers are artists and can blend each of the welds seamlessly. On April 27, I'll be headed to the foundry to "check the metal." I'll go over everything and circles any areas that I feel need attention.
PATINA: After approval the final step is the patina. Pictures soon to come.