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Lost-Wax Casting

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on 20 May 2016

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Transcript of Lost-Wax Casting

Lost-Wax Casting
What Is It?
A process of casting metal into specific shapes
Clay mold is formed around a wax model
When clay is heated, it hardens and the wax melts away
This leaves a hollow mold into which molten metal can be poured
Why Was It Important?
Everyday Objects
Art
Common objects, such as a bowl, made from metal are much more durable
Masterpieces were no longer fragile
Could sculpt in wax, then cast into metal
Could make multiple copies, so more people could enjoy the art
Easier to produce many copies of an item
How Did It Change History?
Civilization was able to expliot the discovery of copper, bronze and iron
How Has It Changed?
Applied to metals other than copper or bronze
Improved mold-making materials capture finer detail
Wax can be replaced with plastic or mercury
What Was Its Real Value in History?
More Durable Tools
Stronger Weapons
Plow
Hammer
Axe
Sharp Arrowheads
Tipped Spears
Mace
Farming
Mining
Construction
Leads To...
Security
Hunting
Safety
Leads To...
Which Means...
Settlements
Libraries
Buildings
Empires
The End
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