Really good videos, but yer whackin' stick is about wore out there, Brad. Funny how we get attached to them, though.
I like how you whack the mould at least once before you pop it open, it sure helps. Usually I whack it and pop the handles open with my other hand at the same time, helps the bullets shuck out on those moulds like that one which have no draft on the front band and nearly mechanically lock themselves into the mould.
Tom made me a new whackin' stick a couple of years back out of Delrin. It was shorter than my original whackin' stick, and I felt it was too light to be useful. Well, the old whackin' stick wore out (broke in half) at a bad time, and I needed to keep going, so I dug out the funny little plastic stick. Holy cow! that little sucker is really light in the hand, and faster than anything. I'll never buy another hammer handle for whackin' again!
BTW Brad, your videos are getting better by the day. Was this one the GoPro, or your phone?
I can't believe you didn't sing us a ditty or commentate.
I don't touch the fluxing media till that fire you started goes out. Then I stir the black carbon chunks through the melt & scrape the sides & bottom. After that I scoop the junk off & put fresh saw dust on & leave it. Looks like you did a thorough job either way.
It's my understanding it's the carbon that brings the impurities to the surface but, I dunno.
On the casting I'm impressed. I don't ladle from my Lee. How you do it without making a bigger mess escapes me still. I have the same ladle & find it to large to get a good pace without a big mess.
I'd move the bullet drop & everything to the same side. The back & forth motions around the pot are unnecessary/slowing.
True, it's interesting to video yourself. I found out that I mouth-breathe like an ape when it's really hot and humid outside, never really noticed that before seeing it on video.
FWIW the fluxing sequence could have been shot above my own pot, that's exactly how I do it, to the tee. Sometimes when I'm feeling froggy I grab the long-handled teaspoon, scrape the bottom really well and stir the alloy to create a nice vortex after skimming, this creates a flow in the pot that pushes fine dust up the sides and then to the center of the surface where it can be skimmed.
Interesting to see how others cast. So many different techniques and procedures. I want to know HOW IN THE HELL you didn't burn your bare hand while fluxing!? Didn't that spoon get hot!?!?
You are a messy caster BTW!
Thanks for the vids. Very cool!
I wouldn't know either, before the spoon ever got used it had a wood handle attached. Besides not getting hot it makes the handle longer and easier to use. My Magma pot is deeper than that LEE and I bring alloy up from the bottom, most of the spoon's handle is in the melt, it will get hot.