Definitions for "Lost Wax"
Keywords:  wax, sculpture, encased, melt, bronze
A casting process where a wax replica of the finished piece is used to make a mold. The mold is heated which melt the wax leaving an exact impression. The casting is completed by pouring molten metal into the mold which is then destroyed to remove the components. Many of our silver beads are made this way. Higher precision may be achieved by spinning the mold in a centrifuge.
A detailed item is created in wax and later used to form a ceramic "negative" mold. The wax form is broken, melted or otherwise "lost" after casting.
A method of creating a wax mold of a sculpture and then heating the mold to melt out the wax and replacing it with a molten metal or resin. (see our page on Bronze Casting).
Keywords:  mabe, pearl