Art casting course

The art casting foundry class and practice is designed to familiarize students with the basics of lost wax casting process. Students will learn basic wax casting and working technique, gating and venting, ceramic shell and investment molding techniques. Before that we shall give a basic understanding of foundry procedure and the techniques for doing large scale casting in iron, bronze, aluminum, and copper. We will cover basic principles of mold-making and metal-casting, furnace and kiln design and construction, ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy and alloying. Necessary equipment, materials and tools, wax recycling operations, welding and patination techniques will be covered as well. Students will be required to complete at least 3 finished projects to be cast in bronze, iron, aluminum, or any other alloy.
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How Bronze Statues Were Cast 4,500 Years Ago

Watching this stop-motion animation on bronze casting, by Renana Aldor and Kobi Vogman for the Israel Museum, I’m reminded that beauty can be born from process. It’s a demonstration of the "lost wax" method of casting a bronze statue, which involves casting an imprint of an object (which could even be a bronze statue), filling that imprint with liquid wax, cleaning the hardened wax figurine with a fine pick, re-casting the wax with bronze nails jammed in, melting the wax away from the mold, and then filling the remaining crevasse with molten bronze.It’s so much strange and seemingly indirect work that, when you see the final, gleaming product come out of the cast, the result feels impossible and inevitable at the same time. The resulting bronze bust is a perfect figure that will last forever, and it was made entirely by hand.
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The ancient Chinese casting techniques

The more than 5,000 years of Chinese civilization is a civilization that created by bronze and iron. During the long process of history, the foundry industry has made a huge contribution. Many casting techniques, non-ferrous metal & ferrous metal, and the surface decorating techniques were successively invented and developed.
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