Molding your own lead heads is quick and easy. Serious luremakers invest in a few inexpensive lure molds and some melting equipment! Not only can you mold spinnerbait and buzz bait heads but also many types of jig and sinkers.
While the required tools are inexpensive, you should consider a quality lead melting pot. The pot along with a ladle works well and is a good investment for beginners. The melting pots are available in several capacities (sizes).
First, always use eye protection, gloves and long sleeves when melting lead. Avoid lose clothing. Using the proper melting equipment will save time and frustration later on.
Pure lead is soft, melts at a low temperature 621°F (327°C) and pours well. Pure lead is ideal for beginners. It also produces nice a head without air pockets. When using recycled or scrap lead remember it may not be pure. It may contain other soft metals.
Lead has many industrial applications and is readily available from scrap metal dealers. You may also be able to collect used tire weights from tire dealers in your local area.
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Never place the mold or any hot item in water to cool. Melting Lead
Commercial lead furnaces are available which aid the lure ^T^^^f | maker. These lead melting pot are convenient when casting || jfj^ large quantities of jigs or sinkers. They hold between 10 and 20 & J pounds of lead. Most commercial lead furnaces have lever J?
controlled spouts which allows just the right amount of lead to pour into the mold. Almost all are electric powered with thermostats to keep the lead at the right temperature. ■
You fill the mold by placing mold under the spout and gently release the lever and fill the mold cavity then repeat over the next cavity.
No commercial furnace, don't worry. You can use a propane camp stove to melt lead in a cast iron pot. Lead melts at 621°F (327°C) so you require a heat source that will generate enough heat quickly. Pour the lead into the mold using a ladle. There are two ladle sizes, a 1/ lb and 2 oz. Use the 2 oz. for small tear drop jigs and smaller sinkers.
The first step to casting lead is to preheat the mold. You can do so by casting heads without hooks. If you do not preheat the mold your castings may have rippled surfaces. Don't forget to preheat the ladle as well. A cold ladle will often cool the molten lead enough to cause problems before you can even pour the lead into the mold.
Smoking the mold with a candle will often help make casting easier. To smoke your mold simply light a candle and hold the open mold above the flame and allow mold cavities to become black with soot. Now you should try to remove the soot from around the cavities. I recommend smoking molds with small cavities.
When you cast spinnerbaits or buzz baits you must use a ladle. There just isn't enough room above the molds because the wire forms extend above the mold to use a commercial lead furnace. Use extreme caution when pouring lead into any mold with large wires or hooks extending above the mold.
You should only pour lead outdoors or in a well ventilated garage or room.
After the heads are cast you must allow the heads to cool before removing the spruce. After removing the spruce file away any flash along the joint of the head. Now the castings (jigs etc.) are ready for finishing.
I recommend that, if you will be painting the castings, you apply a white (primer) coat of paint on the castings within a few hours or store them in a sealed plastic bag. This will prevent the castings from tarnishing.
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