lost wax


Definition of lost wax

: a process used in metal casting that consists of making a wax model, coating it with a refractory to form a mold, heating until the wax melts and runs out of the mold, and then pouring metal into the vacant mold

Examples of lost wax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Think lost wax casting on medallion pendants and signet rings, mythological Greek goddesses portrayed on necklaces, and celestial constellations rendered on charms and stud earrings. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 23 Oct. 2021 Painstakingly sculpted in wax, then cast with the lost wax method, Griegst’s 18-karat gold jewels were designed to live comfortably on the human body. Kyle Roderick, Forbes, 12 June 2021 Harrill's own work has matured over the years from simple beading to her current work in techniques such as torching and lost wax casting. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of lost wax

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lost wax was in 1909

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Last Updated

27 Oct 2021

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“Lost wax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lost%20wax. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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