This book is a basic introduction to lost-wax casting with emphasis on jewelry making. It is designed to be used both as a textbook and a reference book and is directed primarily at beginners. Experienced casters, however, will probably find some useful ideas; they may even find some new techniques. 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. The book is also available in a 8.5x11 inch comb-bound version for use in the shop or classroom. See ISBN 0-9679600-1-0.
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For centuries, 'lost-wax casting' was one the ways in which jewelry was made in many diverse cultures around the world. It is a process that is still very much in use by both professional and amateur jewelry makers. In 'Lost-Wax Casting: Old, New, And Inexpensive Methods', Fred Sias has provided a superbly organized and 'user friendly' instruction manual for contemporary artisans on the fundamental methods of this ancient craft. Aspiring jewelry makers are provided with step-by-step instructions through the casting process with complete explanations for every stage including the science and logic behind that particular step. Enhanced with more than 70 drawings, photographs and tables illustrating the techniques described, several appendices providing supporting technical data, and a complete index, 'Lost-Wax Casting' provides an historical overview of the craft, and addresses such issues as setting up a casting shop, creating a casting model, cleanup and finishing, metals and alloys for casting, solutions for commonly encountered casting problems, working with different materials, and even a section devoted to homemade equipment including vacuum pumps, steam dewaxers, burnout ovens, centrifuges, and steam casters. Whether an aspiring amateur looking for a rewarding hobby, or a seasoned artisan wanting to expand into the processes of lost-wax casting to create works of art and artistry, 'Lost-Wax Casting' will prove an enduringly invaluable textbook and a highly recommended reference.
I was doing a research project about lost-wax casting and this book provided me with all the information I could've ever asked for. It's very easy to read, has a nice glossary, and can be an excellent resource for its subject.