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The Lost Wax Casting Procedure

The Alchemy and Magic of the Lost Wax Casting.

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The first time I heard about the term The Lost Wax it was as hearing about a lost treasure. In fact, it is a treasure but fortunately, it is not lost. From its origins, thousands of years ago, the main core of this fascinating process is about to convert wax into metal. It is not magic, either alchemy, but similar.The Lost Wax Casting Technique involves art skills as well as precision procedures and a very specialized expertise. Its wide application covers from large industries , to dentists, artists, sculptors, model makers, and jewelers among others.

The remains and pieces that have been found by archeologist and scientist talk to us about a technique that has been used from thousands years ago and have passed  from one generation to the other. One of the remarkable discoveries was made in 1930 by Alonso Caso in the Mexican State of Oaxaca. The Gold artifacts found there in Monte Alban are protected and exhibited in its regional Museum. Read the rest of this page »

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Lost Wax Techniques for Jewelry Designers, Hobbyist and Artists. Tips and Notes.

Setting up the Wax Tree

The sprue is the central wax post that keeps connected all the models; it is inserted at the entrance of the flask base. See illustration.

The bigger pieces are setting closer to the base.

Allow at least ½ “ between flask wall and pieces inside.

Calculating Silver Weight

Wax Weight= W.  Weight of wax sprue+ wax models.

Base Weight=B

Total Weight=TW. Base +Wax Weight.

TW-B = W

At this step we are calculating the Wax Tree Weight.

W x 10 = SW

The conversion factor from wax to Silver is the weight of wax times 10.

The Extra 10 to 12 dwt is added to cover the button weight. The button is the cavity of the dome that remains at the flask base and attached to the main sprue. See illustration

Investment Preparation

The proportion of water related to investment powder is about 3.5 to 4 parts of water by 1 part of investment. It is highly recommend to experiment with these proportions. The investment avidity for water could vary by brands and manufacturers.

Tip: The density of the investment mixture affects the surface of metal models (gold, silver, brass, etc. ) In other words, a lesser density makes smoother surfaces.

The Oven and Flask Temperatures

Tip: At the final oven stage we lowered temperature under the sterling silver melting point, avoiding a conflict of temperatures inside the flasks at the time we pour the metal inside it.

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Casting Flask Diagram

Retro-Styling 60’s Free Forms

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sterling silver ring with amethyst,emerald and tourmaline.

Sterling silver ring with amethyst,emerald and tourmaline.

sterling silver ring with green onyx,champagne and tourmaline.

Sterling silver ring with green onyx,champagne and tourmaline.

sterling silver ring with emerald,ruby,sapphire,diamond and turquoise.

Sterling silver ring with emerald,ruby,sapphire,diamond and turquoise.

sterling silver,mother pearl,,garnet,emerald,peridot, tourmaline

Sterling silver ring with mother pearl,garnet,emerald,peridot and tourmaline

Regaining the joyful taste of the spontaneous 60’s jewelry look , Retro Styling with the Self-Fresh Expression of the 2013’s Color Trends.

One of kind and unique jewelry art.

Vibrant colors framed interiors, fashion and art in the 60’s trends,. The Pop Art golden years rooted in the style of the daily scenes. Jewelry was remarkable drove to colorful contrast. Gemstones were combining together with silver and yellow gold in different sizes, cuts and shapes. The free-form rings reshaped randomly the organic movements of the past art nouveau period. Emeralds, Garnets, Sapphires with diamonds and Mother Pearl Shell will honor those liberal forms, and a color pallet closer to nature announces the incoming 2013 Spring.

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The images that I am sharing today are coming from a book titled: MANUAL DE ORNAMENTACION by F.S. Meyer .

This Marvelous Book was passed to me by a friend many years ago; it has been a treasure for me ever since . The edition I have kept is probably the first. Due to it is really old, the first pages were lost and the information of the edition year is missing. I have roughly calculated the book is 80 years old.

It is a really helpful tool for designers, artists, architects, sculptors, locksmiths, carpenters, jewelers, calligraphers, etc. in the development of our creative process and along the way.

Colleagues, it is a pleasure sharing this information with you. Enjoy it.

I am not trying to infringe the copyright of this material. The images are published for educational and informational purposes only.

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