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Old 03-22-2004, 08:52 PM
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I was reading car action the other day and they had an artcile about using lost-wax.

1. what is lost-wax and where can i get?
2. i was wondering if you can use this techique and making a fiberglass hull(carve it out of wax then applying your fiberglass over it, securing it with pins or what not.)?

Tell me what you think. It would be helpful.
Old 03-23-2004, 11:32 PM
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Lost wax is not a type of wax. It is a method of casting. Most jewelry is cast with the "lost wax" method. Basically you carve your piece out of the wax, mount it inside a flask and fill with investment. (similar to plaster of paris) Then it is placed in a furnace and the wax is melted/burned out leaving a mold in which you pour your metal/gold. The investment/mold is immersed in water an dissolved leaving only your piece of gold jewelry. The wax and mold are all "lost".

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Old 03-24-2004, 02:19 AM
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John Vanderheiden carves his hulls from pink insulation foam, and then fiberglasses over the form to get his hulls.
This is a one off method, and it would require additional steps to make more than one hull after the master is finished.

Have a look at his website.


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