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Today I started to make jigs for bucktails with my father we heated the mold and put pam in then we poured. When we took them out they had the write shape but they had these waves and creases all over them. We did not  use flux could that have something to do with it? If you have an idea how to help please leave a comment. Thanks


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Make sure the lead is liquid and remove any slag you see floating on top of the lead . If you are using scrap lead what I find helps is if you put a small amount of flux into the molten lead and it helps to get any impurities out of the lead . Use a stainless or cast iron spoon/ladle to remove the slag .

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use a wee bit of wax as flux when lead color is bluish hot enough about a 7 on lee pot ,heat the mold ….after you pour 4 buck tails mold should be hot enough ,put imperfect buck back in pot most important wear eye protection

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Don't put anything into molten lead other than clean lead, ever!!!!!! A heated tool is ok. liquid, pastes, pam, flux whatever, it burns off instantly and sometimes explosively. you need none of that.

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One last thing whilst reviewing safety is that lead slag and dust and the lead itself is extremely poisonous. It is very nasty if you breath in the fumes, the slag dust and lead can be absorbed by handling. Kids must be kept well away from lead and pets.

 

You need to question the viability to cast lead without proper safety equipment. Any damp and damp is hard to establish can result in an explosion that will involve molten lead being sprayed around when hot lead comes into contact with it.

 

You need detailed knowledge before doing any moulding with molten lead or any other metal for that fact.

 

Stay safe.

 

Mike

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plenty of info on you tube about casting ..do it outside with a fan to blow away toxic fumes ………willing to spend large money on waders and bags but 2.00 for a buck tail………terminal tackle has plain bucks you can paint or powder coat and deer tails to tie cheap

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