Investment casting adopts a lost-wax casting
approach where a mold is formed to invest molten metal into it to form the final product.
Eduardo Paolozzi, a Scottish son of Italian immigrants, making Cyclops (1957), a frail yet heroic figurehead for existentialism in the nuclear age, by lost-wax casting
from machine parts and found matter--'a metamorphosis of rubbish', as he put it.
Small steel clips--made using a lost-wax casting
technique-- grasped at three edges, acting as weights that smoothed out rumples in the fabric.
This bronze piece was created using lost-wax casting
, and originated in Asia in the second half of the 10th century.
The soft artificial heart was created from silicone using a 3D-printing, lost-wax casting
technique; it weighs 390 grams and has a volume of 679 cm3.
Throughout this creative journey, Ong has gone through 'elaborate phases.' From using the 'easiest material,' wire, she has gone on to study 'goldsmithing, structural techniques, metallurgy, electrical wiring, weight and balance, architectural principles, principles of lighting, safety standards, wood carving, wood staining, lost-wax casting
, miniature painting.'
Making bronzes is highly-skilled work and a number of distinct casting processes may be employed including lost-wax casting
(and its modern-day spin-off, investment casting), sand casting and centrifugal casting.
In a variation of the age-old lost-wax casting
method, the process replaces the plaster mold with carved-out ice blocks, a switch that ultimately gives the surface of the bronzes a ridged, almost bark-like texture.
Finally, the piece is brought to a foundry and undergoes the lost-wax casting
This material enables non-technical direct investment casting using the same investment materials as common lost-wax casting
, for parts such as jewelry and small medical devices.
Actually, the trophies are made by Jostens, reproduced each year through a process known as lost-wax casting