lost wax

A method of casting a sculpture in which a model of the sculpture is made from wax; the model is used to make a mould; when the mould has set, the wax is made to melt and is poured away, leaving the mould ready to be used to cast the sculpture.
Syn: cire perdue, lost-wax casting, lost-wax process

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  • lost wax — see ↑cire perdue • • • Main Entry: ↑wax * * * n. a method of bronze casting using a clay core and a wax coating placed in a mold. The wax is melted in the mold and drained out, and bronze poured into the space left, producing a hollow bronze… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lost-wax — «LST WAKS, LOST », adjective. = cire perdue. (Cf. ↑cire perdue) …   Useful english dictionary

  • lost wax — noun Date: 1909 a process used in metal casting that consists of making a wax model, coating it with a refractory to form a mold, heating until the wax melts and runs out of the mold, and then pouring metal into the vacant mold …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lost-wax process — [lôst′waks′] n. a method of casting in which a wax form is encased in a heat resistant material, as clay, that is hardened and then heated to melt and drain away the wax, producing a mold into which molten material is poured: used in casting… …   English World dictionary

  • Lost wax process — Lost wax process. См. Точное литье по восковым моделям. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • Lost-wax casting — A model of an apple in wax …   Wikipedia

  • lost-wax process — /lawst waks , lost /, Metall. a process of investment casting in which a refractory mold is built up around a pattern of wax and then baked so as to melt and drain off the wax. Also called cire perdue. [1930 35; trans. of F cire perdue] * * * ▪… …   Universalium

  • lost-wax casting — Traditional method of producing molds for metal sculpture and other castings. It requires a positive, a core made of refractory material and an outer layer of wax. The positive can be produced either by direct modeling in wax over a prepared core …   Universalium

  • lost-wax process — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: lost wax translation of French cire perdue : cire perdue * * * /lawst waks , lost /, Metall. a process of investment casting in which a refractory mold is built up around a pattern of wax and then baked so as to melt… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lost-wax process — /lɒst ˈwæks proʊsɛs/ (say lost waks prohses) noun a process of casting, used especially for statuary, in which the figure is modelled in wax and then covered in plaster; when the plaster has set the wax is melted out and replaced by metal.… …   Australian English dictionary

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