I like to cast pewter for tool parts. Its really cool when you get into it.
I was running low on pewter and I had a chance to buy 8 pounds of scrap
Well it turned out to be more like 5 pounds. The candlesticks were
weighted with 1/2 pound apiece of some kind of clay/resin. 2 of the
pots had steel weights in the bottom.
2 big thick aluminum cups.
I made a mold from little sticks 1/2 lapped in a tray. Trying to cast
ingots about 1 1/2 square and 1/2" thick. I shot cooking spray in,
trying to keep it from sticking.
This worked sort of. The little compartments leaked some.
But the worst was what seemed like a small amount of wax residue in
the bottom of the candlesticks. OMG it billowed smoke so bad it drove me
from the room in seconds!
I had to stand in the doorway, take a big breath and hold it, run
across the shop, put on the exhaust fan, and dash back through the open
It took over 1/2 hr to clear.
I got maybe 4 pounds of usable pewter. Maybe,.......
Next time I am just buying the damn metal hahahahah
Oh, if I wake up dead tomorrow, tell them what killed me
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