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Thread: My homemade ingot mold

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    My homemade ingot mold

    I had this idea of using a cupcake pan to make ingots. I figured out that I can use steel stamps to identify the mold by stamping the bottom of the pan. I stamp from the bottom so the impression is backward inside the pan. I had to pour my first ingot, then used it to support the inside of the pan so that it wouldn't collapse when I hit the stamp with a hammer. A cupcake of lead is a little over 2 pounds so I stamped it "2 lb", and the type of lead used. For example I've been melting range lead recently so I stamped it "bullet lead", but since I have a bucket of wheel weights coming to me in the near future, I'll just stamp another cupcake "wheel weight". This way I'll alway know what kind of lead I'm using. I bet everyone has an old nasty looking pan crammed away somewhere in the kitchen, I bought a new one for food and used the old one for lead. With twelve cupcakes per pan you have the ability to identify several different alloys. I have a small melting pot so I only needed to stamp two of them for the bullet lead alloy, when I get the wheel weights I'll stamp two more.

    Here's a pic of the bottom of the pan.


    And here's a pic of the lead ingots.

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    Nice!!

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    Thanks Centaur, i was just pondering this very thing this evening since i have come into a winfall of many wheel weights.
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    This just goes to show that there are still great discoveries to be found in boolit casting.

    I am going to DEFINITELY use this idea.


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    Glad you liked my idea, I just happened to have a set of stamps on my bench when I was pouring lead cupcakes and it just came to me. I was thinking about a box of old lead I have that's not identified, and I was wishing that I could remember which one was cerro-bend, and which one was bismuth. I really don't want either mixed with bullet lead.

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    Great idea!

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    That is a really great idea! I have been thinking about making some ingot molds myself.

    Right now I use different shapes to identify the alloys.

    Cornbread sticks are WW, Lyman ingots are Lino, and cornbread wedges are pure lead.

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    I think you are infringing on my patent. I will let it slide, just send me the lead and we can settle out of court.
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    Nice, but you spelled it wrong.

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    Awesome Idea. I am going to use this....just have to convince the wife that it is OK to have the bottom of her muffins identified as 2 pounds of lead...LOL She might take that s an insult...LOL

    J/K......All the pans I find around here are non stick coated....guess i will need to hit the flee market this summer..
    Thanks again for the great idea..... Have a good 'un, Guy

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