As I stated when describing Thurston James' The Prop Builder's Molding & Casting Handbook, understanding the mold making process is vital when one is casting glass. If you want to do anything more than just ladeling hot glass into green sand, you will need to learn how to make molds. Since very little is written specifically about mold making for casting glass, we must find other resources to explain the process. The few books that are available on molding and casting usually focus on casting other materials. But, if we take that information, those processes and techniques, up to the point of actually casting something, and use wax as our casting material, we have followed all the steps necessary to prepare a wax for our lost-wax glass casting.
This is one of the best books that clearly and completely explains the mold making and casting process. It covers many different mold making materials, giving you many options when it comes to making the molds necessary for your glass casting projects. Don't judge this book by it's unassuming cover. Within it's simple covers are over 200 pages *packed* with information, materials, and over 50 years of hands-on experience, complete with 300 B&W photographs and 280 line drawings.
The author, Brian Bertram, has over 50 years of experience in molding and casting, working as a museum preparator; a sculptor; a self-employed molder and caster; and as a film and TV prosthetic makeup and special effects technician. This books covers his methods of molding and casting, and includes many original techniques.
Here is a partial Table of Contents:
Here are some sample pages from within the book:
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