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Basic Wax Modeling
« on: May 24, 2008, 06:11:58 AM »
Basic Wax Modeling
An adventure in Creativity
by Hiroshi Tsuyuki
Matsubara-Kashiwa Books
Distributed in the U S by
ASQ Corp
ISBN#4-905588-28-6
copyrightę1990
   

With the continued interest in the casting related questions, that pop up on the forum. Another nice, clear, concise, well illustrated work book type with loads of drawings, B&W pictures, and projects. From a master in the field.
This book fits the bill,from the couple of color pictures of the waxes and tools which needs a color picture. So the various colors of the wax and the fine details with some of the smaller sized wax wire, shapes, and screen can be seen. Along with the details of some of the detail tools used in wax work that are lost in the contrast of the B&W photo's.
The descriptions of the waxes are well done, and about the only thing you may find changed is the contraction of the number of manufactures with the buy outs and ups etc. As a lot out the smaller house brand type waxes are manufactured by the bigun's and are mostly the only difference is they cost more.
Both the wax and tool pictures have a number indexed guide to the types,names etc.

There are 11 projects in it and they are complete start to finish. Beginning with a 4 view scalable drawing of most items. So you can enlarge it for the details if needed.

Each project has the step by step projects that illustrate some type of procedure in doing the wax model, with more photo's and drawing than words on some it seems. Including exploded or unwrapped drawing if it will clarify the process being described.(like hollowing out the ring band under the top to make it lighter. Along with discussion on figuring casting weight for various metals. With how to figure out the cost of the metal. Shrinkage, and other things of note in the comment section of each project.

The projects build in complexity as you go along. One of the interesting things that, he had brought up was transporting your model to another local say for casting. One of his solutions was to have a string waxed to the sprue and it placed into a bottle or jar of water to protect it, during transport.This will protect delicate airy design with a thin cross section.

This book does lend it self very well to applying the methods and processes of working the waxes to any type of objects. As with using plasticine clay as substitute for iron in forging practice to see were the metal goes.

The wax sheet and rod can be used to build up a small scale model of a construction or sculpture before commit the more expensive metals. if a 3-d veiwing is wanted.
The only difference is the welding is done with a soldering iron or flame heated metal tool.
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