Which then got its final drying cure in my oven. It is really heavy.
Harlan helped me weld up the requisite implements: tongs, a slag scoop, and a crucible grabber.
The blower apparatus is in the background here; ingot molds for any leftover molten bronze are in the foreground, sitting on some large ingots of silicon bronze.
A leaf blower from Home Despot supplies the pressurized air and lots of noise. And away we go.
Sam warned us about curious onlookers and the need for all to have non-flammable shoes and eye protection. I knew I kept that roll of caution tape for something.
While the bronze is melting we make up another oarlock mold.
Let the games begin.
Gratification is pretty quick in this game.
Which one is real?
Just for fun we tried to cast a piece of rope. To our amazement, it worked.
And the rest of the bronze gets poured off into my crucible-sized mini-ingots. For next time. Which is soon.