Making Weights

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Making Weights

Postby Big Kev » Thu Dec 01, 2005 2:27 pm

Just knocked a few up for Sven,so i took a few pics. :D
Get yourself some nice lead and make sure it`s DRY.I keep mine in the shed,but i`ll bring it in the house a couple of days beforehand to make sure it`s DRY
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I tear off a few rolls,ready for melting....
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I have all my pins lined up and close at hand :D
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I put my mould in an old frying pan,ready for use.You can buy a clamp to keep the mould together during the process,but i have`nt bothered,as it`s stable enough for me.
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Make sure you`ve got a reet good pair of gloves,coz everything will be hot hot hot later :!:
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I make mine on the cooker,but have the extractor on full plus open the windows for ventilation.Don`t put too much lead in your pan at any one time...if it`s too heavy it will make it awkward for pouring.I have about enough to make 4 or 5 leads at a time.
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While the first lot is melting i rip off a few more rolls for the session
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Once molten,you`ll see a lot of scum on the surface,even if the lead you are using looks clean at the start.
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I use an old spoon to scoop it off..(i should be wearing gloves for this...naughty boy :oops: )
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Tap your spoon and the carp will fall off....
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You`ll now have a pan of clean molten metal (as Quasimodo would say)
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Before starting ,i heat my mould for a couple of mins to bring it up to working temp.If you start with it cold,it will block up.
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The Geimini mould has a small bung which you move up or down depending on how heavy you want the lead to be.
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It should have an external screw adjustment to hold the bung in place,but mine got jammed and bust :roll: no matter,it still stays where i want it :D
I`m making 7oz today,so i have the bung set as far back as poss,then insert a pin.The bung has a hole for the end screw thread of the pin to go in,which keeps it free from lead.
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Next step is to close the mould and position it for pouring.
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Carefully pour in the lead until it`s full
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After 10 secs you can tap the mould open and take out the weight.Without a clamp,you`ll get a thin strip of lead on the outer of the weight,which can be removed very easily when cooled with a pair of pliers.
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I put the new lead straight in to a sink full of water,taking care not to get anything else wet.
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Don`t let your pan run dry of lead...it`s easier to melt more if you leave a bit in :D
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At the end of the run,i just trim the thin lead with a pair of pliers,and remove the "bung" which is formed at the aperture of the mould.
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Once you`re up n running,it does`nt take long to knock up a good few weights :D ...the trimmings can go back in the pan for next time.
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Some may prefer to do this lark outdoors..it`s up to you.You could also wear goggles.....basically use whatever safety precautions you think are necessary ;)
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Postby Steve Duffy » Thu Dec 01, 2005 2:56 pm

Great report kev.You do it exactly the same as me except I warm the tails up as well.
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Postby Big Kev » Thu Dec 01, 2005 3:00 pm

So you don`t clean the cooker either :lol: :lol:
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Postby John Petersen » Thu Dec 01, 2005 3:31 pm

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Postby dragonnnet » Thu Dec 01, 2005 3:35 pm

Geat explanation again Kev


Same here Steve read about warming the tails up somewhere and tried it the last couple of times i made leads. Resulted in no half leads at all.

A definate thing to do from now on.
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Postby Steve Duffy » Thu Dec 01, 2005 3:47 pm

Big Kev wrote:So you don`t clean the cooker either :lol: :lol:


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Postby bigdave » Thu Dec 01, 2005 4:09 pm

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Postby svenbren » Thu Dec 01, 2005 4:57 pm

:D :D :D my leads look great kev nice and clean too cheers m8 ;)
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Postby lee1317 » Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:02 pm

that frying pan looks like one a butty van use's on our industrial estate :lol: :lol:
top one kev laaaaaaaaa ;) ;) plain and simple, to the point ;) ;)
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Postby Big Kev » Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:12 pm

Sven,the one in the top row,third from the left is yours :lol:
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Postby svenbren » Thu Dec 01, 2005 7:31 pm

:lol: :lol: can you give it a bit of brasso please :lol:
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Postby Cliff » Fri Dec 02, 2005 12:12 pm

Kev when I warm my mould all I do is make two leads without the wire in these come out imperfect but really warm the mould,drop the lead back into the pan & away you go.
Another useful tip is when the molten lead has a slight bronze colour to it ,it is hot enough to flow right through the mould without setting.
Good piccys though mate. ;)
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Postby Big Kev » Fri Dec 02, 2005 4:05 pm

I`ve had a few replies (on other sites too) about one thing and another,which is fair enough,as everyone has their own way of doing things,but all i can say is that`s how i`ve done it for years and never had a prob :D
As with any of the "instructional" stuff i put together,it`s MY way of doing it....not necessarily the definitive RIGHT way to do it.Take what you will from it,and if it helps then it`s job done ;)
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Postby lee1317 » Fri Dec 02, 2005 6:15 pm

too right kev laaaaaa...... ;) the post was called ''making lead weights'' NOT ''this is how you MUST make lead weights'' kev was passing on tip's to people who have never made a lead weight in there lives :evil: if you do it totaly different, great :!: do what works for you and dont knock others..............................
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Postby millsy » Fri Dec 02, 2005 11:13 pm

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Lee wrote "Plain & Simple" is he refering to you Laaaaaaa :lol: :lol: :lol: ;)
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