Friday, February 6, 2009

Leak in the Smelter

Here we have some aluminum that we melted. Our forge was a 1lb. coffee can filled with BBQ charcoal. We fired it from below with a hair blower - borrowed from the Little Lady without her permission. The glob of aluminum shown is from 16 aluminum cans, that were previous flattened by the Boyz. The crucible was a soup can and it didn't work too well. Once melted, the can sprung a leak and the metal went to the bottom of the burner - oh well. While it was fun experimenting, we have a lot tot learn about melting aluminum successfully.