Step 5:  Covering wax with ceramic shell mold

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The wax owl is now ready to be covered with a ceramic shell mold.

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To do this, the wax is dipped many times into a mud like solution called slurry.

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Each time the waxes are dipped and dried, the ceramic shell coating gets thicker.

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Above, two "Spring Snow" owIs are on a drying rack in the slurry room.

This process of dipping and then drying is then repeated, sometimes up to eleven times.

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Between coats of slurry, the wet surface is covered with sand.

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The finished ceramic shell mold is about 1/2 inch thick on all surfaces of the wax -- including the inside!

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