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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Woodsmere Press, LLC (February 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967960002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967960005
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For centuries, "lost-wax casting" was one the ways in which jewelry was made in many diverse cultures around the world. It is a process that is still very much in use by both professional and amateur jewelry makers. In "Lost-Wax Casting: Old, New, And Inexpensive Methods", Fred Sias has provided a superbly organized and "user friendly" instruction manual for contemporary artisans on the fundamental methods of this ancient craft. Aspiring jewelry makers are provided with step-by-step instructions through the casting process with complete explanations for every stage including the science and logic behind that particular step. Enhanced with more than 70 drawings, photographs and tables illustrating the techniques described, several appendices providing supporting technical data, and a complete index, "Lost-Wax Casting" provides an historical overview of the craft, and addresses such issues as setting up a casting shop, creating a casting model, cleanup and finishing, metals and alloys for casting, solutions for commonly encountered casting problems, working with different materials, and even a section devoted to homemade equipment including vacuum pumps, steam dewaxers, burnout ovens, centrifuges, and steam casters. Whether an aspiring amateur looking for a rewarding hobby, or a seasoned artisan wanting to expand into the processes of lost-wax casting to create works of art and artistry, "Lost-Wax Casting" will prove an enduringly invaluable textbook and a highly recommended reference.
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I have nearly every text and video on lost-wax casting and I find myself thumbing through this one more than another treasure, "Practical Casting" by Tim McCreight. Fred Sias' book is well written and very informative.
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This book comes at casting more from an historical view rather than a technical view. The only thing new about this one was the Ashanti method of casting. There are better books on casting out there. Try Tim McCreight's for beginners.
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I happen to know Fred personally and not only is this text easy to understand and written in terms anyone can follow, I've personally done some casting with Fred and find that his methods very much follow his written word.
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A good overview of a complicated subject with lots of history. I was unaware of the odd methods used historically. It is somewhat dated and I got the feeling it may be time for another author to cover this subject.
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Was a little too basic (shallow) and not really focused on the questions of the serious hobbiest or interested "caster." The book really left a lot more questions than it gave in answers.
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Lots of information in this book! Things you didnt know I am sure. Great beginner tips and tricks in this book.
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Really helpful book, I may end up using another method I found here to cast my wife's ring. Thanks for getting it out to me!
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