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This page illustrates the creation of a major sculpture in stages

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The rough stone is squared at the base to stand upright

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Rough shaping of the stone with diamond stone saw

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further refinement of the shape with angle grinder and chisel work

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shaping begins on all planes

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finished shape begins to emerge

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stone removal progresses to rough grinding stage

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The shape is further refined with diamond grinding wheels

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Rough sanding begins to smooth the surface and remove grinding marks

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Sanding progresses to finer grits

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A clay maquette is fabricated to the dimensions of the final figure and is carefully shaped to fit the stone

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Rough cutting of the marble stone to the dimensions of the clay model

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The stone girl is shaped and formed at the base to fit the stone

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Final shaping and sanding of the stone girl. A hole is drilled in the base of the girl and the stone to dry fit a stainless steel pin to anchor the two stones together

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Final polishing of the brucite stone

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The pieces are pinned and glued together and the sculpture gets a final finishing and photography session

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