Not the final piece by any means, but you do have the raw
beginnings of a bronze sculpture.
The pouring and casting of the bronze depends on
the size of the sculpture. For example, lets say this is a
large bronze sculpture or a piece with extreme detail; then
the casting and pouring for each part must be done
separately. Whenever you see a very detailed or large
sculpture you can be sure it was cast in parts.
Even medium sculptures, the size of a dog or child,
must have the legs, arms, head, and body cast individually
in order to give likeness and strong detail to the sculpture.
There is great danger here because the artist must separate
the clay parts from the model before doing the wax casting.
Talk about nerve wracking! Should anything happen to
one of these fragile clay pieces during the cutting or before
the wax cast is made, the entire artwork is lost and the artist
will have to start from nothing. A "repair" or "replacement"
of even a limb or smaller detail can throw the final sculpture
off and make it look awkward, if not worse.
Once the wax casting of individual parts is successful
and the bronze has been poured and cooled; it's time for the
artist to weld it all back together. This is another test of will
for the artist, because every angle, position, and joint must
meet in perfect placement. After the bronze sculpture has
been welded together, the welding markings and protruding
seams must be chased down and smoothed out using a
blowtorch and sanding tools.
This entire process is incredibly painstaking,
difficult, and unbearably hot. After a person visits a
foundry (that's where all the melting, molding, and casting
takes place) and watches artist's going through this process
they will never think a sculpture expensive again. It can
take an artist anywhere from several months to a year