The Lost Wax Method of Casting is a process similar to the Sand Casting Method of Casting. The term “Lost Wax” comes from the use of a mold made from a wax sculpture, which is destroyed or “lost” in the casting process. This article will give you a brief understanding of what exactly lost wax casting is.
Lost Wax Casting:
The lost wax casting is a very old method of making a metal sculpture and has been used for thousands of years. It has been used since the Bronze Age and has been used to make statues, vessels of pottery, jewelry, and amulets. All the way back to the use of platinum in Sumeria 2000-3000 B.C., Ancient Egyptians, and Greeks right through Roman, Grecian and Indian civilizations.
The lost wax method of casting begins with a clay model being sculpted by hand to retain the shape of the final cast product. Then a mold of the model is taken using silicone rubber as a mold-able material. Once the mold is set, wax is poured into it and shaped to match the outer contour of the original clay form. When this is complete, the wax object is then lost.
This method has evolved over the centuries but still remains one of the more cost-effective ways to cast large quantities or replicate objects that are small in size.
The lost wax casting is a very old technique that has been handed down through the centuries. This casting process has withstood the test of time and still remains one of the most popular processes used in the making of quality sculptures for collectors, museums, and art lovers today.