Re: Lead pouring issues
I had these same problems when i started using larger hooks in molds that require much smaller hooks.
First off, your lead should be heated to it`s highest setting.
# 1, After lead has melted, heat for 20 minutes longer before pouring.
# 2, Lay your mold on top of pot to heat evenly on both sides.
# 3, Make sure that the Spur hole is big enough, sometimes you need to enlarge hole, Do this as the last thing done. You can always just use a knife to smooth up any bigger spur after you pour.
# 4, When you use lead, it is best to use the highest quality you can find.
Especially for very small items. like (Darter Jigs & Shakey Jigs)
# 5, Now you are ready to pour, everything is set up and ready to pour.
Lay all your parts out, so you can pour in a timely manner.
# 6, This could be the most important message in all that I have said.
Heat your hook eye up.
This is how i do it, if I am using really large heavy hooks?
I use a heat source, (Torch) same as used when powder painting.
I use the heated lead just as much, Just dip hook eye in hot lead for 5 seconds, then tap hook on side of lead pot, this will clean hook eye of any slag.
Sorry for the winded history. But I can promise you this will solve all your problems with pouring lead.
Also if you are having problems with getting those lead products out of your molds.
Just light a candle, use it to blacken the inside of mold before starting your pouring. Sometimes you will have to do this a few times. Your pouring will only improve after just a few times doing this.
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