Casting just seems like a means to an end, however interesting and
profitable that end may be.
If you try wax fabrication you might find it very interesting and
challenging and another means of satisfying you creative juices.
Wax fabrication should never be used to create a piece that can be
created with metal fabrication. However wax fabrication allows you to
create work that can be created in no other way.
It is very enjoyable to take various pieces and types of wax and put
them together to form a piece of art work. I started fabrication and
still do some fabrication work, but I enjoy the wax process much
The casting portion is the black art of the process. There is always
the chance that a piece may fail to cast. Production casters do not
get the same feeling as an individual artist does when he converts
his wax into metal.
There is a lot of anxiety when you take an original wax through the
burn out process, pour the metal then quench the flask until you
project falls to the bottom of the quench bucket. You are already
evaluating the casting by touch as you reach into the quench bucket
and pick it out. Is the whole project there? Did it fail? That little
bit of anxiety does not go away until the piece is polished and ready
Casting is not for everyone. There are a great many artist who
create artwork of tremendous beauty using the fabrication process.
There are a great many artist that create tremendous beauty using the
Many people look down on wax casting because they forget that there
is a tremendous amount of creative ability required in preparing the
original wax. The casting portion is the way to turn the wax into
metal. That process is no more than the many steps that are required
to fabricate a piece in metal.
There are several things that are detrimental to the casting
process, some of which are:
The cost of casting equipment
The amount of time it takes to take a rough casting and grind away
The time it takes from the original wax until you have a finished
Most cast pieces will be heaver that fabricated pieces.
my two cents,