I need help obtaining refractory equipment. I’ve been looking to do replicas of chinese bronzes. I’ve done research and I think I’ll have access to all the materials required except rafractory equipment i.e. furnace, crucible, tongs. So I’m hoping someone will be able to point out any Australian sources I might be able to get information and supplies from.
The current plan is to do a lost wax process:
- Create 3D model of artefact
- 3D print model
- Touch up model
- Create reuseable mould - silicon, urethene
- Make wax replica
- Plaster mold wax and melt out wax
- Cast Bronze
I’ve also considered sand casting but since the plan is to make smaller ornate objects the sand casting process may lack the required surface detail.
Most materials for the processes can be reasonably obtained from online suppliers in Australia. However, I’m having difficulty finding somewhere with an available furnace for bronze casting. It maybe possible to build our own furnace and import a crucible but this seems like a large investment of time and money given our limited project and scope but if other memebers would find use in having foundry equipment available e.g. for metal casting other 3D printed objects.