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Jonathan "Gorno" Fashena
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I suppose I could look in a gun shop for lead ingots, but I'd prefer whatever the less toxic tin mini-fig mix is. Out of curiosity, I tried solder, but it's designed to coalesce instead of flow, so was useless for casting.

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johngorno wrote:
I suppose I could look in a gun shop for lead ingots, but I'd prefer whatever the less toxic tin mini-fig mix is. Out of curiosity, I tried solder, but it's designed to coalesce instead of flow, so was useless for casting.


You could buy paints from China and distill the lead out of them....
 
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yeah, but then I'd have to eat all the paint!

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what about fishing sinkers or those lead weights that go on car tires?
 
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Just do a google search for casting pewter. http://www.rotometals.com/_c_1.html?gclid=CKvXzofwz44CFRpIYA...
 
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When all else fails, use google... quick search in your area:

http://www.neymetals.com/products1.htm

...quite a few more places in NY/CT area.
 
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MicroMark (http://preview.tinyurl.com/2tggwv) carries stuff like this, as I'd imagine many other model/hobby suppliers would. Searching under 'model casting metal' or 'model metal' etc, will turn up more.

 
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I will gladly sell you several hundred still in package minis at a reasonable price so you may melt them down.
 
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Try a mold company:

http://www.dunken.com/
 
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Lead isnt as dangerous as it is made out to be in our media.
You either have to eat it or breath lead dust.

Take simple care while handling your safe.
After it is painted you don't need to worry unless the paint chips off.

I would absolutely not let young children play with the pieces though. But then young children shouldn't being playing with any small items.

 
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Any reason why you're not using resin casting which produces just as clean (though not as heavy) models and can be made using latex mold which you can cast yourself after you create the base model. No need to heat anything!
 
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Sprydle wrote:
Any reason why you're not using resin casting which produces just as clean (though not as heavy) models and can be made using latex mold which you can cast yourself after you create the base model. No need to heat anything!


Actually, related to my oven-bake clay thread... I was thinking it might be possible to melt low-temp allow directly into simple impressed molds in that clay. Whether it would come out non-destructively is quite unclear!

But I'm intrigued by this resin casting. Please (start a thread and) tell us about it, where you get the resin, colors, prices, etc.! Sounds neat.

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Thanks for the info, all! Quite informative about alloys and temperatures. For the small experimental level I'm interested in, I only need to waste use about a mini's worth, but I couldn't bear to destroy a mini. Well, maybe an Elfquest figure or a Jar Jar Binks.

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I use liquid plastic in my slicone rubber molds, and it works really well. I get my supplies at the local art store.
 
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I would advise against using lead tire weights because they contain small ammounts of arsenic.
 
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Almost any plumbing supply store will have lead "Pigs" for sale. They are relativity cheap and come in 1lb ingots and 5lb pigs. It runs about 3 bucks a lb like this.
 
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Thanks! The shipping cost would be a killer.

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