TYPES OF WAX

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 Today’s founders have the liberty to use wax products from four different origins, namely synthetic, mineral, vegetable, and animal/insect. In the real world, it is a common practice that a foundry employs more than one type of Wax in a single cast with a host of other non-wax additives. The wax products that are available today are mainly divided into four groups based on their origin;

  1. From minerals.
  2. From Vegetables.
  3. From Insects or maybe animals.
  4. They can also be synthetics.

These waxes do not include only one wax type but the blend of two or three waxes. Most importantly, in the products used in workshops, the wax products also contain adhesives that are not from any group of wax. Let us look at the benefits of each group of waxes.

To study the main content of the bronze casting section of the website in the mid-1990s. ‘Art Founding, Process & Practice’ was the title of the first print edition of the book (ISBN 0-9542461-0-1 [2002] the research for the cores content of the bronze casting section of the website was done at the Courtauld Institute, National Art Library (V&A), and University of London King’s College libraries in London during the mid-1990s. The resulting work was published as ‘Art Founding, Process & Practice’ (ISBN 0-9542461-0-1 [2002]). The text includes collaborations with artists, designers, technicians, architects, and engineers in both the earlier print and this updated electronic revision based on practical workshoping and project practice. This website would not be feasible without its outstanding artistic and technological abilities. The majority of the technical material in the text has been proven in real-world contexts, then cross-referenced with selected books, articles, publications, and other documents to provide a balanced summary of each subject.

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Vegetable wax:

Derived from vegetable sources, it includes soy wax, coconut wax and more. Vegetables have countless benefits that surpass others.

Animal wax:

If we talk about animal wax, beeswax is the most helpful animal wax. It is obtained from the honeycomb and can be used for lowering cholesterol in the blood. Ulcer, diarrhea or hiccups can also be treated by beeswax.

Mineral wax and synthetic wax:

The significant benefit of mineral wax is that it is used in the casting process. It is used to mould a liquid into the desired product. Synthetic wax is a common element for long-lasting paints.

The process of casting is not reliant on Wax only. The casting process utilises wood, paper, fat, and various synthetic materials. Looking at all the other alternatives, Wax’s demand and continuous usage in the procedure indicate its need and speak for its credibility. There are not many alternatives to a good foundry or modelling wax. Wax is easy to melt and can be moulded into what the customer demands with comparatively less hassle.

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