Definition of cire perdue in English:

cire perdue

Line breaks: cire per¦due
Pronunciation: /ˌsɪə pəːˈdjuː
 
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noun

[mass noun]
A method of bronze casting using a clay core and a wax coating placed in a mould. The wax is melted in the mould and drained out, and bronze poured into the space left, producing a hollow bronze figure when the core is discarded. Also called lost wax.
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  • Most of the main metalworking techniques were well developed, including casting (in two piece and cire perdue (lost wax) moulds), alloying, annealing, sheet metalwork, riveting, wire-making, graving, and soldering.
  • The lost-wax process (cire perdue) remains the tried and true method.
  • They have been beautifully inscribed on both sides of the tablet, either from a mould using the cire perdue (lost wax) technique or, more probably, by direct engraving on the bronze.

Origin

French, 'lost wax'.

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