Cheap amazon fillet irons alternative

Discussion in 'Foundry tools and flasks' started by Tobho Mott, Aug 22, 2023.

  1. Tobho Mott

    Tobho Mott Gold Banner Member

    FYI, I grabbed these under "metal ball cake decorating tools" online. They seem to work well.

    My first time messing with wax fillets. Way more fun than bondo or water putty!



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  2. Al2O3

    Al2O3 Administrator Staff Member

    Those work well but I bet you'll tire of those elastomer sleeves and cut them off with more use. Now you need to buy/make yourself some scrapers to match those diameters. After you lay the fillet with the ball, follow with the scraper and it cleans it all up nicley whether wax or bondo. For the latter, a finish wipe with a cloth wetted with acetone does a nice job. I only use wax on master patterns and temporary stuff, except lost foam of course. It wont stand up for ramming and hot sand but if you lacquer over it you might get a few cycles. In fact, I have a lot of pattern makers wax fillet. It's nice to work with. If you want to experiment I'll send you a care package.

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  3. HT1

    HT1 Silver Banner Member

    for small work you just dont need the Scrapers , steel wool will get in more places , but if you are doing BIG patterns/big fillets scrapers are great( the steel wool fills up with wax.) if you are doing large enough pieces, leather fillets are the Bomb, but that is pretty much out of the Hobbiest scope

    Kelly does some big(nice) pieces, I refuse, too hard on the back handling that much sand, Yeah yeah, I'm a wimp

    V/r HT1
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