Featured Tool: Wax Casting

By on March 2, 2015
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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for March 2, 2015

This week we feature our Wax Casting Supplies

Looking for wax casting supplies and accessories? Look no further! We have you covered from wax to wax molds and wax injectors!

Today we feature a few of our Wax Casting Supplies from our sister site JewelryTools.com.

What is Wax Casting?

Lost-wax casting is the process by which a duplicate sculpture or jewelry piece (often silver, gold, brass or bronze) is cast from an original sculpture. The “lost wax” technique is so called because the wax model is destroyed in order to create the piece. The technique is sometimes called the “lost mold” technique because the mold, too, is destroyed in the process.

Wax Working Tools:

Below we feature a selection of tools that are necessary for any beginner to advanced artisan.

Wax Worker

Wax Worker

This Electric Wax Worker features a heavy duty steel body with comfortable non-warming hand piece. The hand piece is designed with eight individual non-flammable wires to provide optimal flexibility and heat resistance. It is made of lightweight fiber to stay cool and accommodates most tips of other wax workers. A sturdy handpiece holder is located on the top right of the machine.The control box on this unit delivers precise heat and can be precisely varied for different waxes and effects.

Waxes

Waxes

Here you’ll find Kate Wolf silver and gold toned wax. The carving wax is flexible and may be polished to a beautiful smooth finish. Wolf Wax is carvable, machinable and strong. Wolf’s repair wax is easy to blend built-up and repaired sections of wax.

The touch-up wax fixes imperfections and is easily scraped-off and trimmed. Freeman has been producing injection wax for over 30 years. Their wax has been the industry standard for quality and excellence.

Crucibles

Crucibles

If you’re in the market for a new crucible, or two, look no further! You’ll find ceramic and graphite crucibles for your convenience.

Our ceramic crucibles are perfect for centrifugal casting machines and are made of fused silica with a clay bond. The graphite crucibles are made for electric melting furnaces. We have many different products to help you in your metal melting and all of your casting needs.

Melting Dishes

Melting Dishes

Melting dishes are incredibly helpful for melting and pouring metals such as gold, silver and so much more. These dishes are made of fused silica with a clay bond.

These dishes can be used with a torch for melting points up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, and are specifically designed for use with platinum. The set of 4 dishes can be used up to 2,800 degree Fahrenheit. These can also be purchased individually.

Molds

Molds

Casting molds are a necessity for every wax and lost wax jewelry artist. These will complete your jewelry work bench and they don’t take up much space.

These will fit either in a small corner of your work space or attached to the edge of a table. Our three part mold frame is made from high-grade aluminum and offers the convenience of having a combination of seven mold frames at your disposal

Silicone and Rubber

Silicone and Rubber

When it comes to silicone and rubber for jewelry making, we’re your one stop shop. Our 4X gold silicone mold rubber is a premium grade, soft silicone rubber with wax release and tear resistance. This mat is intended for intricate designs and for hand cutting.

Our rubber pre-cut mold release delivers controlled shrinkage and excellent cutting qualities. These mats are available in flex, firm and low shrink and in strips.

For more information about Lost-Wax Casting – pick up this book today!

Lost Wax Casting: Old, New and Inexpensive Methods, By Dr. Fred R. Sias, Jr.||PUB-135.00

Lost Wax Casting: Old, New and Inexpensive Methods, By Dr. Fred R. Sias, Jr.

This book is a basic introduction to lost-wax casting with emphasis on jewelry making. Designed to be used as a textbook and as a reference book, it is excellent for beginners as well as experienced casters. Heavy emphasis is placed upon understanding why things are done in a particular way, rather than simply presenting a set of ‘cookbook’ rules that will always work.

Happy Wrapping!

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