Happiness is.......

Discussion in 'General foundry chat' started by Al2O3, May 24, 2018.

  1. Zapins

    Zapins Silver

    Lancaster foundry supply in Pennsylvania sells everdur for 4 to 4.50 a lb. Just in case you're ever out that way.
     
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  2. Jason

    Jason Silver Banner Member

    Thanks man. We don't make it to the north east too often. Calli to florida and all points in between. I go through so little that a buck or two a pound wont make any difference. Industrial gave me cert papers for this CMX stuff. Nice touch.
     
  3. Zapins

    Zapins Silver

    Looks like a pile of gold lol. Papers are a nice touch.
     
  4. Tobho Mott

    Tobho Mott Silver Banner Member

    Is that everdur, Jason? I know it is a silicon bronze... Asking because mine looks a bit redder than that; Sculpture Supply Canada in Toronto sells this as everdur:

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    Maybe it's just the lighting? I know Talespinner over on AA ended up getting a different type of silicon bronze (herculoy) that he's been using to cast sculpting armatures for his pewter gaming miniatures. I don't think I will ever get used to the idea that he is using bronze lost wax casting as a patternmaking step for spin-cast pewter castings that sell for less than $10!

    Anyhow, guess I'll play too while I'm here...

    All but a handful of this wheelium from the stack melter is gone now:

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    But I still have all these leftover ingots and scrap castings from those pours, and half a dozen or so wheels I haven't broken down yet... plus a couple more ingots and sprues from the muller clamps and house number plaque pours:

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    (that's C954 aluminum bronze ingot and gating from the last axe head pour on the right)

    Lastly, to me, this is also happiness:

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    :D

    Jeff
     
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  5. Jason

    Jason Silver Banner Member

    Silicon bronze/ everdure... tomatoe/tomatoe. My stuff should be the same as yours. You have the cmx raised section on top?

    yeah florescent lights suck.
     
  6. oldironfarmer

    oldironfarmer Silver Banner Member

    Happiness to me is finding scrap I can use. It looks like I may be able to get brass/bronze water meters for $1.75 per pound. Any comments on them?
     
  7. The oxy acetylene gas bottles have nice red brass valve bodies with a nasty polymer seal that causes "polymer fever" or "teflon flu" when melted down. At higher temps it will cause lung injury, so if there's any polymer seals inside be careful.
     
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  8. oldironfarmer

    oldironfarmer Silver Banner Member

    Thanks for that reminder. I've got an oxygen bottle to scrap and was going to melt the valve. I've started bandsawing through valves and such to get the seats, packing, etc. out before melting. It's a lot quicker than disassembly of old stuck stuff. Once I started on lost foam and then on brass I'm wearing a respirator as well, it's nice not having to avoid the smoke and hold your breath.
     
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  9. oldironfarmer

    oldironfarmer Silver Banner Member

    This makes me feel wealthy.

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    3" channel for buckets. 1-1/2 pound bricks.
     
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  10. Are the number fours better than the number 1's?.:D
     
  11. oldironfarmer

    oldironfarmer Silver Banner Member

    Hmmm, I don't know why I numbered them. Just seemed like the thing to do. :rolleyes:
     
  12. Peedee

    Peedee Silver

    If your working to ISO9001 then the numbers would be for your QA department to indentify a fault in the problem cavity to isolate the problem mould ;)
     
  13. Al2O3

    Al2O3 Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    Happiness also is a good horizontal band saw to resize ingot. 15-20 seconds per cut!

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    Before I was done I ended up with two 5 gallon buckets of chunks small enough to fit in an A10, which amounted to about 125lbs of the 500lb.

    Resized Ingot.JPG

    Oughta keep me going for a while. Bring on the weekend.

    Best,
    Kelly
     
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  14. oldironfarmer

    oldironfarmer Silver Banner Member

    A DoAll, no less.:cool:
     
  15. Al2O3

    Al2O3 Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    The quality of machinery at my business is different than that in my home shop.....but so are the tasks and duty cycle.

    Best,
    K
     
  16. joe yard

    joe yard Silver

    A very nice looking saw Kelly.
    Joe
     

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