next steps in casting wax

The plaster molds must now be cleaned and soaked for several hours; the water-saturated plaster will not stick to the wax. The plaster must be well cured before we soak it, though.

Goat leg molds soaking

Goat leg molds soaking

Electric roasters make good wax pots because the heat is totally controllable, and you can hold the wax at about 150 degrees. One goat leg has just been poured-- just waiting about 10 minutes for a quarter-inch of wax to solidify in the mold, then I'll pour out the rest, back into the pot. Like making a chocolate Easter bunny!

Electric roasters make good wax pots because the heat is totally controllable, and you can hold the wax at about 150 degrees. One goat leg has just been poured-- just waiting about 10 minutes for a quarter-inch of wax to solidify in the mold, then I'll pour out the rest, back into the pot. Like making a chocolate Easter bunny!

The resulting hollow leg . . .

The resulting hollow leg . . .