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    August 2020: Lead & Alloy - Show us your stuff!

    July 2020
    Contest topic: Lead & Lead Alloy

    Melting, mixing, cast into ingots - show your stuff

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    I mark the BHN on my ingots and store accordingly in my 2 ingots deep shelf unit.

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    I cast my pewter into .5 oz boolits for easier alloying and "sweetening" my casting pot




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    GRMPS,
    Since I just came into approximately 22 lbs. of pewter, this week, that I have yet to melt out. And would like to do as you are, 1/2 ounce size pieces or so. What ratio do you add to your pot to “sweeten” the mix?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conditor22 View Post
    I mark the BHN on my ingots and store accordingly in my 2 ingots deep shelf unit.

    Can't top that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conditor22 View Post
    I mark the BHN on my ingots and store accordingly in my 2 ingots deep shelf unit.

    What has a BNH of 3?

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    Just some various shapes for different alloys.

    I also use a letter/number set to punch each ingot with contents...PEW/RL/WW/PB...etc.

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    The only stupid question...is the unasked one.
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    I wanted to get through my smelting pot quicker in order to shorten the time to process my stock of casting lead so that lead (ha, ha) me to looking for a larger mold. Wilton had the perfect mold for me. Each "BRICK" is about 10 pounds and allows me to empty a pot quickly and they still fit and melt quickly in my Master Caster too.




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    I have exactly those same quadruple loaf molds.

    Too big for my own pots, but practical for bulk storage of source metals. The final alloy, when made up, is poured into CastBoolit molds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin c View Post
    I have exactly those same quadruple loaf molds.

    Too big for my own pots, but practical for bulk storage of source metals. The final alloy, when made up, is poured into CastBoolit molds.


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    Quote Originally Posted by boatswainsmate View Post
    Nice setup , my best friend/shipmate was from Kokomo , passed in 2010 .. He retired around 1990 as a GMGC , I retired a few years later GMCS ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conditor22 View Post
    I mark the BHN on my ingots and store accordingly in my 2 ingots deep shelf unit.

    OMG that is the strongest shelf i have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    It's purpose built.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailcaptain View Post
    GRMPS,
    Since I just came into approximately 22 lbs. of pewter, this week, that I have yet to melt out. And would like to do as you are, 1/2 ounce size pieces or so. What ratio do you add to your pot to “sweeten” the mix?
    Most follow the rule of 1-2% Sn to your Pb/Sb mix. Sn lowers the surface tension and makes molds fill out better and smoother. More than 2% is a bit of a waste, and you do not have that much to waste!

    Banger

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    I had to laugh at this one...how do you make a "Glamor Shot" out of a pile of lead??
    What??
    Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I have to concede some photos are well composed and nicely done.

    For my own case, if mass makes class, and too many dusty and neglected ingot buckets of lead biscuits and corncobs makes you drool, perhaps I should enter a snapshot too.
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