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Lost Wax Casting

How  is it done ?

1. Wax is first painted then poured into the mold, so that every crevice is filled, allowing for maximum detail.
Wax is painted    Wax is poured into the mold
2. After the wax statue is removed from the mold, all the details are perfected by hand.

Detailing of wax statue

3. The wax impression is surrounded by wax sprues. The sprues allow air to escape during the brass pouring, preventing air bubbles in the finished piece

Wax sprues surround the wax impression

4. The wax impression then encased inside and out with refined clay.

wax impression is encased with clay

5. Molds after the wax has been "lost."

lost wax molds

6.  The clay mold is then filled with molten brass.

clay mold is filled with brass

7. Larger pieces sometimes require welding as they are cast from smaller pieces.

welding of larger pieces

8. The pieces are polished and then an oxidation formula is applied to give them their verdi-gris patina.

polishing of statues

9. Finally a coat of wax is applied to the oxidize piece to protect the finish.

Wax coat to protect finish

Click here for color variations of our brass fountains and statues

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