the Begins of Lost Wax Casting





Introduction: the Begins of Lost Wax Casting

Using hand tools and flexible carving wax, I'm going to produce a one of kind belt buckle.

Step 1: Drawing a Pattern on Wax

Using a scrip and pre drawn template the shapes will be stippled onto the wax.

Step 2: Carving

Once the pattern has been transferred on to the wax, special carving tools are used to start shaping the forms.

Step 3: Sawing

Once most of the carving has been accomplished the large shape is sawed out using spiral saw blade held in a jewelers saw.

Step 4: Functioning Components

The functioning parts of the belt buckle were added to the back using an alcohol torch, and variety of wax shaping tools.

Step 5: Texture and Finishing

Regular hand files were used to clean up the applied parts,and to add a little more interest to the back a light texture was melted in.

Step 6: Finishing (aka Smoothing Out the Wax)

In order to remove fine scratches, a wax solvent is applied lightly to these rough areas. This process gives your wax the smooth finish it needs before being placed in a model.



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Questions & Answers


What do you use for a wax solvent??

In the photo, you can JUST make out the catalog number for wax solvent from Rio Grande Jewelry-Supply: It's on the bottle!

Yes, the solvent is produced by Rio Grande, a jewelry supply company in New Mexico.

In this day of "Rapid-Prototyping, and "3D Printing" It warms my heart to see somebody use bench-tools, and their own two hands to create something wonderful!

I ask: How much more "Open-Source" can you get?!?!

-This instructible makes me want to get another oven, and start casting again!

Awesome! You'll have to put up another instructable about what you do next! Thanks for sharing!