lost-wax cast (Scope note)

A method of casting which involves making a wax model, sometimes with a core of another substance, enclosing the model in a mould, melting away the wax, and pouring molten metal or glass into the void resulting from the removal of the wax, then allowing the material to harden to harden before removing the mould. The final stage after casting usually entails polishing of the finished object.