Due to its low melting point, lead can be melted easily. For weights in fishing or model making, weights made of lead can be cast in any shape. Since the heavy metal has a toxic effect in several ways when melting lead, careful preparations must be made.
Hot lead splashes on water
The melting point of lead is reached at 327 degrees Celsius. This temperature can already be generated with a large candle. We recommend using a camping stove or Bunsen burner to facilitate even and continuous melting. It is important to have a fire-proof container that is dry. When lead hits water, it splatters.our recommendation
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The heavy metal lead is poisonous and may only be melted with protective gloves. Ideally, it is melted in a well-ventilated outdoor area. A breathing mask should be worn in closed rooms. The liquid lead must be poured into the prepared molds or vessels immediately.
This is how you melt lead
- Lead blanks
- Bunsen burner or camping stove
- Protective gloves
- If necessary, respiratory protection
- Watering vessel with handle
- Casting molds
1. Distribute lead
Depending on the initial shape, distribute the lead blanks in the melting vessel. This watering vessel with handle should be filled as evenly as possible. Only touch the blanks with gloves, as contact with the skin transfers poison.
The safest way of heating is with a hand torch, which you hold from above over the lead blanks. The lead "floats" after a few minutes and can be poured out. Fill it into the molds provided. The surface should be level, clean, hard and non-flammable.our recommendation
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3. Swing out air bubbles
If air bubbles form in your molten lead, move the pouring vessel in a slow circling direction to sweep out the trapped air.
4th. Clean the watering vessel
Assume that you can no longer clean your watering vessel of all lead buildup. You should therefore only use workshop vessels and never cookware. Clean the vessels with acid thinners and then with soda solution.our recommendation