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The Mag: How the Heisman Trophy is made

Updated: December 1, 2011, 2:39 PM ET
By Joel Weber

This article appears in ESPN The Magazine's Dec. 12, 2011 "Interview Issue."

Winning a Heisman is hard. So is making one. Employing a two-week technique called "lost-wax casting," a team of Jostens craftsmen in Oklahoma City take a wax imprint of the purple silicone mold pictured here, then transform it into an empty ceramic shell -- a vessel for 25 pounds of liquid bronze that will harden into college football's top individual honor. (The iconic outstretched arm is cast ...

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