Today the galvanizer phoned to tell us they have some out of the zinc vat and were ready for pickup. Instead of the usual are steel frame the armatures were all bright and shiny silver. We took the pieces back to the shop and then lightly sandblasted the areas of the feature that will remain exposed. This included the blades of the sword and axes as well as the lift points. The purpose of the sandblasting was to give the surfaces a bit of tooth to allow our paint and glazes to better adhere over the long haul.
Now we'll tie on the usual galvanized lath but instead of our usual black tie wire we'll use specially sourced galvanized wire. Next week we should be ready to begin the sculpting process at last!