Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Casting Aluminum Hand Guns

Here is the original wax of the hand gun. I include it for reference.

Here we are pouring molten aluminum into the ceramic shell lost wax mold of the hands. I rigged up a tree of six hands to pour into, as you can see here:

An out-of-focus picture of the hand tree after the pour. The metal is cooling inside the ceramic shell mold. I will hammer the material off: 

The white ceramic shell material has been partially hammered off, and I will now cut the hands free of the aluminum rigging:

Here is one of the hands, cast in aluminum and ready for finishing touches. What you just saw, from wax to metal, took about two weeks time in span, adn perhaps three hours in actual time: