lost-wax process


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lost-wax process

[′lȯst¦waks ‚prä·səs]
(metallurgy)
A method used in investment casting in which a wax pattern between a two-layered mold is removed by melting and replaced with molten metal; used for casting bronze statues and in jewelry casting. Also known as investment process.
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In the ancient lost-wax process, a wax version of the sculpture is created and then surrounded by plaster which hardens to form a mould.
Rodin's favored method was the lost-wax process. Bronze studies for his epic monuments "Balzac, The Burghers of Calais" (1889) and "The Gates of Hell" include models showing the stages of the process for casting bronze.