From wax to bronze #6 breaking off the shell and doing the metal work

The shell the day after the pour.  

 Looking into the shell full of bronze from the top of the cup. 

Looking into the shell full of bronze from the top of the cup. 

The shell is broken off with a sledge hammer and a chisel. It is exciting to finally get to see the piece in bronze. Luckily the bronze got into every cavity of the shell it does not always. 

 Serendipity after knocking off the shell. 

Serendipity after knocking off the shell. 

 Serendipity with more shell cleaned off.  

Serendipity with more shell cleaned off.  

Next to cut off the sprues with my angle grinder. 

 Sprues are cut off

Sprues are cut off

Here she is with the cup still attached.  

 Serendipity with cup attached. The fingers need some metal work. 

Serendipity with cup attached. The fingers need some metal work. 

Once the sprues are detached the chasing begins. 

 Working on the fingers.  

Working on the fingers.  

 Removing all traces of the sprues with a pneumatic cutter.  

Removing all traces of the sprues with a pneumatic cutter.  

 I am almost Finished with the chasing. 

I am almost Finished with the chasing. 

 The metal work is finished  

The metal work is finished  

The last step is applying the patina. 

Keep an eye out for the patina post.