Definition of lost wax in US English:

lost wax


  • A method of bronze casting using a clay core and a wax coating placed in a mold. The wax is melted in the mold and drained out, and bronze poured into the space left, producing a hollow bronze figure when the core is discarded.

    Also called cire perdue
    • ‘The lost wax method technique is divided into five separate stages, namely 1) creation of the wax model 2) forming the earthen mold 3) melting the wax from the mold ‘the lost wax method’ 4) casting of the mold and 5) finishing and filing of the bronze statue.’
    • ‘This would seal the clay and void the lead in the same fashion as ‘cire perdu’ or lost wax for one-off casts.’
    • ‘The artefact was made using the lost wax process which, according to him, is being forgotten by today's generation.’
    • ‘The lost wax method is known all over the world.’
    • ‘The company has added two lost wax bronze sculptures, ‘The Kiss’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and a new bronze resin sculpture, ‘The Pipers,’ to its collection.’