SECTIONED MOLD CASTING
In sectioned mold casting (komegata) a plaster mold is taken from a clay model. The mold is then covered with clay to produce an outer mold, followed by a slightly smaller inner mold.
Molten metal is poured into the space between the outer and inner molds, and the metal is removed from the mold after it cools.
1.A plaster mold is taken from a clay model.
2.An inner mold is created, leaving a gap for the metal between the inner and outer molds.
3.The molds are fired and hardened. Molten metal is then poured into the molds.
4.The mold is broken open, revealing a metal piece in the shape of the original clay model.
Reference: Nihon Kōgeikai Higashi Nihon Shibu (Japan Kōgei Association Eastern Branch), ed., Dentō kōgei-tte nani? – miru, shiru, tanoshimu gaido bukku (What Are Traditional Crafts? –A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying). Unsodo, 2013.
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