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2014 SAG Awards: Making the statuettes

Published 5:35 PM ET, Thu January 9, 2014
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Workers from American Fine Arts Foundry cast solid bronze Screen Actors Guild Awards statuettes in Burbank, California, on Thursday, January 9. The SAG Awards will be held on January 18 in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
A worker welds one of the statuettes. The SAG Awards honor television and film actors, and winners are chosen by their acting peers. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Molten bronze is poured into the casting molds. Stewart Cook/REX USA
Molds are lined up at the American Fine Arts Foundry, which specializes in bronze casting. Michael Buckner/WireImage/Getty Images
The red-hot crucible is removed from the furnace. Stewart Cook/REX USA
Unfinished statuettes are piled up after the plaster mold surrounding them was broken. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Each statuette weighs 12 pounds and stands 16 inches tall. Stewart Cook/REX USA
The SAG Awards union does not know exactly how many of the statuettes it will need until the presenters open the envelopes on January 18. Surplus trophies will find a home in the union's vault until next year. Michael Buckner/WireImage/Getty Images