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Posted 17 May 2010 - 09:23 PM
I am woundering where I can get lead cheap. I have heard some people use old wheel weights but I have also heard that it is hard to get good finished jigs because it has other things in the lead. I think I could have a good supply of lead if I used wheel weights. if I can't use wheel weights where is a good spot to get lead.
The other question I have is about fluxing lead. How important is it and what's the easiest way to do it I'm getting that you heat the lead up and then just throw some wax in it and skim the junk off of the top, is there more to it or is that about it.
Posted 17 May 2010 - 09:27 PM
Wheel weights work fine for SOME jigs.
Fluxing is extremely important if you are using wheel weights. You have to get that crap out of the lead some how.
Check out the "wire baits" forum for more info on lead melting.
Posted 18 May 2010 - 01:52 AM
Some lead sources for me have been:
metal recycling centers
radioactive medicine containers from hospitals
show stall floors from home remodlers
Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:11 PM
I use lead flashing from Home Depot/Lowes, cheap and easy to get.......
Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:58 PM
I use wheel weights almost exclusivley... I melt in an old pot OUTSIDE on a portable electric little stove. then i take a long metal spoon and scoop off all the crud on top. then i pour into bricks. I use a muffin tin for the bricks and only pour a 1/4 or so up... they slide right into a lee melting pot that way.