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Basic Wax Modeling - An Adventure in Creativity Order This Book
Basic Wax Modeling - An Adventure in Creativity
by Hiroshi Tsuyuki

Hiroshi Tsuyuki presents 11 basic projects in Basic Wax Modeling, each one designed to teach the use of certain tools and types of waxes in a progressive manner as one's skills improve. Each step of every project is illustrated by photo/text and is some cases supplementary diagrams and notes are provided to clarify those particular processes. After each basic model is completed a number of illustrations are provided suggesting design possibilities using the techniques learned in the construction of the basic model. This book makes it very easy and enjoyable for the beginner to learn wax modeling and illustrates how practical wax modeling is for jewelry design. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in learning to model in wax and cast. Hard cover, 7.5" x 10.5", 106 pages.


Practical Wax Modeling Order This Book

Practical Wax Modeling
Advanced Techniques for the Wax Modeler
by Hiroshi Tsuyuki and Yoko Ohba

Practical Wax Modeling continues on with advanced techniques and topics, building on the foundation of techniques and information presented in Basic Wax Modeling. Chapters include Hard Wax Modeling Techniques, Soft Wax Modeling Techniques, Modeling Techniques with Gemstones, Other Wax Techniques, Casting Processes and Rubber Mold Making, and Processing and Finishing After Casting. Projects include Textured Ring, Two Part Ring, Ring with a Floating Twist, Built-Up Ring, Hollow Pendant, Brooch Using Hard and Soft Wax, Brooch with Realistic Modeling, Embossed Figure Brooch, Floral Pattern Ring, Ring of Wax Wire Construction, Making "Mitsuro" (Beeswax), Mitsuro Ring, Mitsuro Brooch, Mitsuro Pendant, Modeling Mitsuro with Other Materials, Free Forming, Cabochon Mounting for a Pendant in Soft Wax, and Cabochon Mounting for a Ring in Hard Wax. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in learning to model in wax and cast. Hard cover, 7.5" x 10.5", 151 pages.


Cast-A-Way Order This Book
Cast-A-Way
The Complete Lost Wax Process for the Amateur or Professional Jeweler

Wax work is actually the least expensive method of getting involved in jewelry making, for you can design your own pieces using low-cost materials and very few tools. The work can be done as easily at home in your own front room while you are watching TV as well as in the workshop. Casting, however, can be a costly investment in equipment depending upon which type of casting technique you choose, and cannot be as conveniently done at home. Many persons only do wax designing and have the casting done elsewhere by a professional caster, leaving on the clean-up work and the setting of stones for the designer to worry about. However, Cast-A-Way shows you the way the professional jewelers work, and these methods and techniques might easily be put to work in your home, depending on the space available. Chapters include Free Form Rings, Wax Weight for Casting Metal, Sprueing, Investing and Burn Out, Casting, Pickling and Annealing, Polishing, The Bombing Process (Plating), Rubber Mold Making and Stone Setting. Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 61 pages.


Centrifugal or Lost Wax Jewelry Casting Order This Book
Centrifugal or Lost Wax Jewelry Casting
by Murray Bovin

Centrifugal or Lost Wax Jewelry Casting presents information on rubber mold making, casting waxes and forming techniques, spruing and investing, burnout, centrifugal casting machines, metal melting and casting procedures, finishing operations, jewelry casting metals, white metal casting and gold refining. Well illustrated with photos and drawings. Soft cover, 8" x 10.25", 143 pages.


The Complete Handbook of Centrifugal Casting Order This Book
The Complete Handbook of Centrifugal Casting
by Philip Romanoff

The Complete Handbook of Centrifugal Casting explains the casting process and all the theory behind it. Ordinary, super and ultra centrifugation are defined, plus there are in depth explanations of homogeneous and heterogeneous material systems, mold and cavity radius, molding and mold pressures, mass and centrifugal force, and info on how to select and use every type of mold. Includes alloys, specs and characteristics of the most popular casting metals, zinc anodizing, silicone rubber molding, vulcanizing and much more. Contains a range of projects and applications you can try in your own workshop. Soft cover, 5" x 8", 256 pages.


Handbook Of Lost Wax Or Investment Casting Order This Book
Handbook Of Lost Wax Or Investment Casting
by James E. Sopcak
Soft cover, 8.5" x 5.5", 64 pages, copyright 1986
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Handbook Of Lost Wax Or Investment Casting reproduces the complete series of how-to articles on investment casting authored by James E. Sopcak which originally appeared in Gems and Minerals magazine, now out of publication. In this book you will find not only step-by-step instructions for making wax patterns, producing investment molds and casting but what may be more important to many, chapters on how to make the equipment you will need.

Chapters include: (Preface) An Introduction to Lost Wax or Investment Casting, (1) How to Make a Vacuum Investment Mixer, (2) How to Make a Burnout Oven, (3) How to Make a Pressure Casting Machine, (4) How to Make a Simple Wax Wire Extruder, (5) How to Make Rubber Molds, (6) How to Make a Wax Injector, (7) How to Make Wax Patterns, (8) How to Invest Was Patterns, (9) How to Burnout and Cast, and (10) Rubber Molds and Duplicate Patterns.

Handbook Of Lost Wax Or Investment Casting is a classic on casting how-to which has withstood the test of time. It presents a great deal of information for a modest cost and belongs in the personal library of any jewelry maker with an interest in lost wax casting tools and techniques.


Jewelry Wax Modeling Order This Book
Jewelry Wax Modeling
by Adolfo Mattiello

Creating jewelry in wax is designing with a versatile, pliable medium which is receptive to a variety of working techniques, forming easily to the desired shape. The wax piece is realized through the casting process which utilizes the fluidity of molten metal to create forms and effects that cannot possibly be achieved through metal fabrication. Through the process outlined in this volume, you will learn how to effectively use carving wax to express your ideas and create harmonious designs. The technique of jewelry modeling is presented with meticulous step-by-step instructions and drawings revealing the progress of each model. Lavish illustrations and isometric views indicate the dimensions of the model at every stage and the position of the hands or tools during the modeling process. Lessons include Man's Ring, Lady's Band, Pierced Ring, Buckle Ring, Pave Ring, Heart Ring, Oval and 8 Baguette Ring, Baguette Ring, Basket Ring-1, Basket Ring-2 and Ballerina Ring. Each lesson introduces new projects in wax modeling, gradually broadening your ability with emphasis on developing hand skills and attention to detail. As your technical versatility increases, your attention is guided to other aspects of the modeling process, such as working from perspective illustrations, making your own sketches and creating layouts with stones. Jewelry Wax Modeling also contains practical information on tools and stone setting, instructions on creating your own templates, and answers to the most frequently asked questions. Highly recommended. Hard cover, 9" X 11.5", 159 pages.


Modeling in Wax for Jewelry and Sculpture Order This Book
Modeling in Wax for Jewelry and Sculpture
by Lawrence Kallenberg

Modeling in Wax for Jewelry and Sculpture presents wax modeling techniques in a concise, step-by-step format. Lawrence Kallenberg details the necessary tools and materials and tools, and introduces the reader to their various characteristics and roles in the jewelry making process. He guides the artist through the various processes of wax modeling in several projects. Among the topics covered are the process of lost wax casting, equipment, jewelry design, making wax models from molds, wax carving, wax build-up, production models, sheet and rod wax, accidental effects, specialized wax techniques and finishing the metal model. Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 256 pages.


Practical Casting A Studio Reference Order This Book
Practical Casting A Studio Reference
by Tim McCreight
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 151 pages, copyright 1994.
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Practical Casting A Studio Reference explains the many aspects of small scale casting with clarity and comprehension. Readers will appreciate the hundreds of helpful drawings, and advanced craftspeople will find shortcuts that make their work more efficient.

Included is instruction in the traditional lost wax method from model making through investing and burnout to the casting itself. Later chapters teach the techniques involved in sand casting, direct methods like tufa and cuttlefish casting, and foundry casting for larger pieces.

Chapters include: Modelmaking, Sprue Systems, Investing, Burnout and Melting, Throwing the Casting, Direct Methods, Sand Casting, Casting Pewter, Flexible Molds, Foundry Casting, and Special Cases. A glossary is included and appendices include a bibliography, general safety notes for over 20 materials, solvents and reagents commonly employed in casting operations, a table of melting points for various metals and alloys, an alloy chart, and a list of suppliers.

Practical Casting A Studio Reference delivers a great deal of information and how-to at a modest price. This book is an outstanding primer and highly recommended reference for any hobbyist or jewelry maker interested in learning about the tools and the various and versatile techniques employed in casting metals such as pewter, tin, copper, brass, bronze, silver and gold. If you were to have only one casting reference in your library, this would be the one.


Wax and Casting Order This Book
Wax and Casting
A Notebook of Jewelry Design and Technique
by Roger Armstrong

Wax and Casting - A Notebook of Jewelry Design and Technique is developed from lectures and demonstrations spanning twenty-five years of teaching. Full of tips and sage advice, the wide variety of wax and casting techniques that are covered have been developed or discovered by students, fellow jewelers, and the author through practice and application. The techniques in this book are sequentially organized for your skills to grow and stack one upon the other. The simple structure of the text is designed to make the process and procedures both easy-to-find and comfortable to follow. Procedures are generally kept to the open or facing pages. No flipping pages in the middle of a process, and the spiral binding allows the book to lay flat when open. The opening chapter discusses a type of design philosophy ant the importance of a personal vision. In subsequent chapters processes and techniques are presented. Chapters include Design Attitudes, Metals, The Wax, Tools, Torches for Casting, Wax Techniques, Stone Setting, Gem Stone Castability, Sprueing, Investing, Burnout, The Casting Process, Investment and Sprue Removal, The Finishing of Cast Jewelry and Gravity Casting. Soft cover, 8" x 10", 181 pages.


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Designs & Patterns
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Geology and Earth Science
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