What goes into the creation of the SAG Awards statuette?

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The distinctive green statuettes presented to recipients at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards have to undergo a complicated and precise process to become the iconic engraved awards that are so coveted by entertainment professionals.

The awards are presented each year for outstanding contributions and performances in film and television.

The process starts with a mould that was designed in the 1990s. The silicon and plaster mould was created depicting a figure with one arm out-stretched, and each hand holds the twin theatrical masks of comedy and tragedy. The face of the figure is devoid of features and is a representation of the choices an actor makes when taking on a role. The statuette is fondly known as ‘The Actor’.

The mould is filled with hot wax and after it is removed, the wax figure is carefully checked for imperfections. From this wax figure, another mould is made from a ceramic material, into which molten bronze of around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit is poured. After cooling, the ceramic mould is carefully chipped away before a quick sand-blasting to remove any debris. To give the statuette its distinctive green hue, copper nitrate is applied.

The completed statuette weighs more than 12 pounds and stands 16 inches tall, making the SAG Award one of the heaviest in the entertainment industry, as has been commented on by several recipients over the years.

Here at H Cooper Glass Engravers, our glass awards and crystal awards are much easier to handle and are suitable for any occasion.

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