The sample casting removed from its mould

The sample casting removed from its mould

After the metal had cooled, the craftsman removed the investment, runners and risers and set about finishing the cast sections and repairing any flaws. In this instance, there is no evidence of the runners left upon the finished candlestick. It is also astonishing that despite the complex nature of the candlestick’s decoration the casting, there is only a small section of flashing (where the metal flows through gaps in the investment) on the inside of the stem, and only minor flaws where the metal didn’t run completely within the mould.