I suppose this post has no relevancy whatsoever to the Pastoral Ministry. Here is my $7 anvil. It's a chunk of railroad track secured to a stump-log.
It works well.
Here is the forge that J.C. gave me this past week. We hooked up the shop vac for a blower and it worked very well. I need to figure out a way to shroud the forge from the wind so that we don't loose so much heat.
Here's the set-up for another forge. Water, tools, spent ammo casings in a coffee can, a clay flowerpot in a 3 gallon popcorn tin filled with charcoal and a small steel crucible. The crucible is a toothbrush holder that I found on sale at Wal-Mart.
I put a hole in the popcorn tin and put a pipe in it into which I put the shop vac.
It gets pretty hot in there. This morning we melted Aluminum, that's about 1200 degrees F.
We had fun watching the metal slag out.
I did shut-in visits this afternoon in TR. After supper we went out and melted brass ammo casings. This took a bit more time. And I'm not sure about how toxic the fumes could be from the zinc in the brass, so I kept everyone up-wind.
But we melted the brass.
Here you can see the crucible in the forge, filled with liquid brass, thats about 1600 degrees F.
I think this is waaaayyy cool.
I've had a notion to make gifts for my confirmands by pouring brass in green sand molds. I've had this notion for several years. Now it starts to become a reality.
So here's our aluminum and brass next to the crucible.
I noticed some separation of metals in the brass cast. I think this will add some character to the molds that I might be able to make.
So, this is what you can do with a popcorn tin, a shop vac, a flower pot, a steel pot, some spare aluminum or brass, some charcoal, and a little caution.
Here's the aluminum cast next to the crucible in which it was formed. This is about 2 pounds of aluminum. It could make 3 or four Nativity set decorations for Christmas trees.
Next I'll try some green sand (wet sand) casting of simple forms.