Example 165: Didactic Materials, Illustration of lost-wax casting technique

Work Record
Class [controlled]: • didactic materials • techniques and processes
*Work Type [link]: • illustration • drawing (visual work) • technical illustration
*Title: Lost-Wax Casting Technique
*Creator Display: unknown
*Role [link]: illustrator [link]: unknown
*Creation Date: published 2005 [controlled]: • Earliest: 2005 • Latest: 2005
*Subject [links]: • sculpture techniques • lost-wax process • casting (process) • Benin (ancient Nigerian style)
*Current Location [link]: unavailable
*Measurements: unavailable
*Materials and Techniques: illustration drawing
Technique [links]: • illustration (process) • drawing
Description: Progression of drawings shows the steps used by Benin sculptors. A clay core was covered by a layer of wax. The sculptor carved the details in the wax. Rods and pouring cups made of wax were attached to the model. A layer of sand covered the wax and then the model, rods, and cup were encased in thick layers of clay. When the clay was completely dry, the mold was heated to melt out the wax. The mold was then turned upside down to receive the molten metal. When the metal was cool, the outside clay cast and the inside core were broken up and removed.
Description Source [link]: Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005. Page: XXVII
Note Source: Illustration published in Stokstad.

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