lost wax

noun

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Each design is sculpted out of clay, and the clay model is then cast in reclaimed metals using the ancient art of lost wax casting. The Reader's Catalog, "Gertrude Stein Necklace," 17 June 2019 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, "Oceanne brings jewelry and accessories to chic new Gordon Square boutique (photos)," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of lost wax

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Lost wax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lost%20wax. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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