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Adventures in Lost Wax

Page history last edited by Dan Towse 2 years, 11 months ago

I've dabbled a little in Lost Wax Casting, or rather Wax carving for lost wax casting.

 

Casting silver and/or bronze is beyond my current level of investment of time & energy. it can be done with minimal equipment, A sand box loam hearth, cheap commercially purchased crucibles, and a cheap hairdryer for a blower.

Instead I take my finished Wax into a commmercial caster and they say, "Pick it up on tuesday, that'll be around £20" 

 

the big difference, working in positive as opposed to negative. You carve away what you don't want cast, as opposed to carving a mould, where you carve away what you want cast. 

(this does mean though if you are carving a seal matrix, you work as normal, as your positive wax turns into a Positive Matrix, - which is a negative in and of itself, so all those negative carving skills pay off - mirror letters, reversed images etc etc. Confused yet?)

 

best for one offs, or limited production runs, if you get your caster to take a mould from the finished piece.(£££s)

 

I first had a go under the guidance of John Prendergast and made a simple ring.

 

Once I found my casters in London (Justcastings.co.uk) I started with a few Seal Matrixes.

 

Square Bezel RIng

 

Abbess' Seal for Edith of Hedingham

 

Personal Seal for Genevieve la Flechiere

 

Family Seal for Bridget Greywolf

 

Sassanid Persian Belt

 

Lion_Seal for Phil Rhichards

 

LeNorreis_Seal

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