Anyone have any tips. I just bought a mould form Bottom Dwellers and want to jump right in when it gets here. I got the no roll 3,4,5 with the center pin. Thne lead I will be using is from old tire weights smelted by me..... any tips there would help too.
Put a little oil on hinges of your mold from time to time untill they get broke in so the mold doesn't bind up on you. I keep a rag handy with a little oil on it to wipe my pull pins when they start sticking.
Wheel weights are not pure lead. They have alloys to make them stronger so they will stay in place on the rims. If the molten lead is not hot enough you will see voids in your sinkers.
Here is a link to my sinker making article that may help.
Post by Catfishrollo on May 24, 2013 20:46:56 GMT -5
Be carefull!!!!! Look at your lead, wear safety glasses and long sleeves! When I say look at your lead,... ANY MOISTURE, Can and will result in the lead popping and exploding when dropping in the pot.. If you have never molded, get with someone that has. It can be dangerous besides the fumes! rollo
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I don't know anyone who molds lead, even on the local fishing forum. I have been doing lots of research and also watching plenty of good and bad vids on youtube. I smelted my first batch a couple of days ago. It didn't yeild what I thought it would. My biggest problem is finding the mold right now.
Post by Skyline1506 on May 26, 2013 20:17:34 GMT -5
oh i got ya. i like them for channel catfishing. but as far as everyday use i cant really use them because of different rive locations/conditions. i dont like to cut and retie everytime i have to switch sinkers
I have been pouring my own crappie jigs for over 10 years, here's a little tip for you that I learned from an ol' timer years ago.
Light a candle and hold your open mold over the candle flame to "soot up" each one of the cavities, this will help the lead release from the mold and makes for a slicker finish on the lead. I also soot up the gate area on my mold to help the lead go in the cavity faster.
My first pour is happening monday if the weather holds. I have prepared the lead in ignots, I settled on a 20% wheel weight additive as that was what worked best in the muffin pan ignots for releasing.