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cire perdue(sir pɛrdy)
(Metallurgy) a method of casting bronze, in which a mould is formed around a wax pattern, which is subsequently melted and drained away
[literally: lost wax]
(French: “lost wax”) A traditional method for casting bronze sculptures. The model with a waxed surface is enclosed in the mold. The wax is melted and runs through holes at the bottom. Molten metal is then poured through holes at the top, filling up the space left by the wax.