Returning to Stone to Bowl:- The photo shows wax melt out and mould firing in the chimney furnace
Once the wax models have been made and sprued they are then dipped in a slurry mix of clay (this time from Kingsbarns,) sand (Cellardyke beach) and fibre (horse poo from near Kilrenny). Earlier posts explain the process for preparing the clay and horse poo for those who are interested.
This photo shows the wax fingers after a first dipping.
There are two mixes, one is fine and the early coats are done in this and the other is coarser to build up the outer layers. The fine dip uses Holger Lonze’s dip recipe. Each layer has to dry before the next layer is added.
When the mould is built up a clay funnel is added.
The moulds are then ready for the wax to be burnt out.