Warming up the crucible.
Melting some scrap obtained from old blinds.
Put the crucible back in the furnace after my pour. I still do not have a nice mould for pouring ingots.
Poured too much and burnt my flask!
Looking good! Though, A "real" pour would not happen without being fully enclosed.
A few minutes later, I broke it out of the sand.
Char hut! Lesson learned.
Let's clean it up on the band saw.
All of those imperfections are just ugly. I wish I had a milling machine in my garage.
Nip deh tip!
I put it in the vise for hand filing.
More hand filing.
Too tired... so this is where I quit.
My first sand casting!
These are what the poor mans sand casting tools look like, from left to right.
- an old rod I found in my yard
- a rod I cut off of my neighbors old lawnmower
- el cheap-o welding gloves from harbor freight
- a plumbers wrench
I actually used that plumbers wrench to grab the hot crucible. That was quite exciting!