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Steps to the "Lost Wax" method of casting

The Lost Wax casting process is a precise, involved, and lengthy process. Most often artists begin with a sculpture made of clay. The entire process can take 8 to 10 weeks.

Step 1:
A rubber mold is made by painting the outside of the artists original clay sculpture with liquid rubber. The liquid rubber is allowed to dry after each coat. Several coats are applied until the rubber is about _" thick over the sculpture. (This is the only time the original clay sculpture is used and may be destroyed in the molding process.)

Plaster is then applied over the rubber mold to add rigidity and strength. (The outside plaster is sometimes referred to as the mother mold.)

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