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    Yesterday, 04:28 AM
    I think we're right around a hundred molds now, if those who have posted commit to buy around $25 a unit. Pretty fast. The price would be even better if we push the total up to 150 or 200, though it's hard to know at this point if there is that much...
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    09-17-2018, 09:53 PM
    I did some guesstimates in post 78.
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    09-17-2018, 09:42 PM
    AAMOF, there are several discussion threads about molds Miha did before (some nearly a decade ago) that he is considering rerunning, and the honchos mentioned that the cherries for the molds are in inventory, and it's simply a matter of there being...
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    09-16-2018, 04:15 AM
    I did rolls of sheet lead recently and boy did they dross up badly. Same with the swarf from cutting up lead barrels and carts lined with pure lead panels. Same with the shavings drilled from bars of Linotype. I guess all that surface area...
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    09-15-2018, 05:37 AM
    You got that right. I have bought alloy from them with poundage running to four figures. My old Honda sedan did NOT like hauling that home, even in split loads.
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    09-15-2018, 05:23 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Are you "particular"? in Cast Boolits
    I think that I go through a cycle of being extremely particular when starting out on something new, because I want to do it right and want to do it well. It also scratches my OCD itch. After gaining experience, I sometimes become less particular as...
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    09-15-2018, 04:36 AM
    I mostly get really frosted casts from over heating the mold on a hot plate (element glowing red) or by casting too fast with hot alloy (still experimenting with cooling the sprue and/or the mold with a wet towel). The hot ones look undersized to...
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    09-14-2018, 05:41 PM
    I like your two pot set up there, Mike W1. I'm thinking of doing something like that with my Lee 4-20 and the old US made ProMelt I'm fixing up.
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    09-14-2018, 05:38 PM
    Mini cupcake coins are what I'm planning for part of my stash. The first ones I poured are 0.8 up to around three ounces, good if I do in the casting pot batches of alloy of up to 20#. I can pour them thicker for bulk storage and to use when I mix...
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    09-12-2018, 04:07 AM
    Thank you for the description!
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    09-12-2018, 03:56 AM
    I have Rotometals a short drive down the freeway from where I live, a metals recycler who is willing to sell or take scrap in trade for lead who is even closer, my club's berms and permission to mine them, and an arrangement with a radio isotope...
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    09-12-2018, 01:14 AM
    New solder is breathtakingly expensive everywhere I've looked, and it seems, from prices out here on the west coast, that is a commonly known fact at the larger, well organized estate and garage sales. The selling prices accepted on old solder often...
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    09-11-2018, 12:42 PM
    Were those six ingots with the fizzing spots poured from the same melt as the rest of your ingots? If so the other ingots are also questionable.
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    09-11-2018, 12:21 PM
    Great advice and nice descriptions there! Maybe my calculations are off, but isn't pure liquid lead about 22 pounds a quart (0.38 pounds per cubic inch), and solid lead about 23 1/2 pounds a quart (0.41 pounds per cubic inch)?
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    09-10-2018, 11:58 PM
    Thanks for the update!
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    09-10-2018, 11:49 PM
    Duly noted. I have put a couple years and a fair amount of cash into building a store of pewter that I want to melt into user sized ingots. I would hate to contaminate a lot of it (I have enough that I am contemplating batches of fifty pounds or...
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    09-10-2018, 11:32 PM
    Thanks for taking the lead on this, Lakehouse. You have your priorities right. This has generated a fair amount of interest and quickly at that, but it's worth remembering that the number of molds for a go here is a lot higher than that for a...
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    09-10-2018, 03:11 AM
    I use the Costco nut containers to coat, with the lid, perforated with a few small ventilation holes, screwed on at the beginning until I have shaken enough to get even coating, then off at the end to flash off the rest of the acetone. First part is...
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    09-09-2018, 10:08 AM
    Shucks, Hatch, I'll buy it back! In a rush right now, but I'll pm you later. Kevin C
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    09-07-2018, 12:54 PM
    A shoutout here for Hatch’s service. I got one of his units a few months ago, just before he started fusing them. Well, I had a problem with my unit when I finally got around to hooking it up to my pot a week ago (life interferes, don’t you know)...
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    09-07-2018, 12:06 AM
    I don't think that's hard and fast, but it's a sure thing that whatever the tooling cost, it'll be less per unit as more folks sign up. We're around eighty molds now, if everyone who has expressed interest commits.
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    09-06-2018, 02:09 PM
    ETA: per the Hampshire Pewter Company, their alloy has about 2% Cu, about 1% Bi and 3 to 4% Sb, the balance being Sn. So, really, not at all like the old queen's metal and more like modern pewter.
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    09-03-2018, 12:59 AM
    So now we're around seventy molds, if the cost is around twenty five dollars per unit. That's getting close!
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    08-31-2018, 10:53 PM
    Thank you, colchester! A little muriatic acid testing is in the very near future! If it turns out that they are zinc, I can spray lacquer them to seal off any lead (not going to try to melt one alloy off the other) and peddle them on flea bay or...
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    08-31-2018, 03:19 PM
    What I find funny are the aluminum alloy Wilton Armetale plates and stuff that we are so eager to buy but find aren't pewter at all, and that we later congratulate ourselves on recognizing and passing up in thrifts and estate sales. It turns out...
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    08-31-2018, 03:09 PM
    I guess that was the point:drinks:
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    08-31-2018, 04:01 AM
    A couple examples of cast pewter with different touch marks. This first is a vase that is marked in Swedish "gjutet tenn" which means "cast pewter/tin". Heavy, fairly thick and hard. The surface is textured as though it is "as cast". ...
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    08-31-2018, 03:28 AM
    I got these and a few more like them from a metal recycler, included in a batch of regular linotype and monotype. They are mostly logos and other non letter images, and, as the second photo shows, are composed of a backing material (I think the...
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    08-25-2018, 03:13 AM
    I read in the metallurgy section of the Lyman CB handbook that Sb and Sn in equal amounts will sort of combine in the melt and have properties like a metal itself, apart from the expected properties of the two individual metals.
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    08-25-2018, 03:02 AM
    good hard work,there. Your yield is on the low side compared to what I've read here and experienced myself. Is it sand/dirt/clay? Non lead in the bullet construction?
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