Here is the original Cannon 5 downrigger ball Here is my finished product. If you are going to be using them in saltwater, get the cadmium plated hooks over any copper flash coated. However 2 was that the vent holes in this mould were so close to the sprue hole that unless the operator was very careful to not over-pour at the instant of the final filling, that this over-pour would plug the vents, creating the same problem as a smaller sprue hole. This pot doubles as a melting pot and pouring ladle for the large downrigger moulds and is controlled by the person holding onto the Tee handle. The Bondo would probably been a stronger mold, but for the quantity of balls that I would use??
In use, do not cast so many one right behind the other where you will overheat these fragile molds. If you are casting multiple sizes, some cavity sizes give an option of a couple of size hooks allowable. I then clamped the two fresh Bondoed halves together with C clamps one on the fin and the other on the ball , and before it hardened, there was smeared a lot of the excess in inappropriate places filling in any voids and not intentionally also on most of the other outer parts. These moulds are usually made of aluminum and depending on the size of the weight, may contain cavities to cast from 1 to 4 at a time. Here the ball on the left has been Bondoed together, the one on the right ready to paint. This does not effect the usefulness of the weight, just some unsightly irregularities.
Don't forget the pour spout and one good thing for this is to use the tip of a dinner candle. You can use a old wooden hammer handle or block to use to rap the moulds if need be to remove the newly cast weights out of the mould. Lead in many forms can be found in old plumbing, roof flashing, underground cable sheathing, or wheel weights which are a bit harder, but work fine. A long shaft thermometer going up to about degrees is needed if you are to have consistent temperatures as you want the initial temperature to be near degrees. Try to do your research and purchase moulds that give you an overlap of sizes that interchange, which cuts down on the number of hook sizes you need to purchase.
Initially, I got more than needed ABOVE the mould, and sanding the excess off even with a 60 grit sanding belt proved time consuming and more effort than I liked. Views Read Edit View history. Even though I baked it for 5 hours at degrees, there was still enough moisture in the mold that steam bubbled up from the lead until it hardened it did not explode however.
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But for now, many fishermen will purchase moulds to be used in casting their own weights. And there appeared to be little heat transfer, so it took longer for the lead to solidify, probably doing most of the damages to the mold. Get all of your equipment together then start your heat source with your pot in place over the flame. And after it sets, you have no second chance. The Plaster of Paris or Bondo would really work better for smaller weights, and even oil soaked compressed sand would work for larger single molds. The official cast members were revealed on 7 August
Been there -- Done that. Here is the original Cannon 5 downrigger ball Here is my finished product. Cannonballs will sometimes fall out if you allow them to cool a bit, if not possibly use an old wooden hammer handle to rap the backside of the mould. The show aired on 25 September Occasionally put a few drops of oil on the hinges to ensure it does not get so hot that the hinge galls. The moulds need to be securely closed when casting.
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Get some wet plaster and put into a small paper cup. If the mould does not close completely, look for a bit of lead debris which may be stopping it from completely closing. If you are casting multiple sizes, some cavity sizes give an option of a couple of size hooks allowable. A long shaft thermometer going up to about degrees is needed if you are to have consistent temperatures as you want the initial temperature to be near degrees.
- An extensive lead casting setup for downrigger balls. If the mould handles get so hot that you are uncomfortable, open the mould and lay it aside to cool off. Many weights have been cast using Coleman gas camping stoves, and a old coffee can. These are made in different sizes to match the moulds which are relatively cheap. Once it is up to temperature, you can turn down the heat a bit just to maintain where you want it. But the show is absolutely celebrating these nine young people and their mentors.
- I Dremel tool cut recesses for these eyes in the lead at appropriate locations. Also you may need to occasionally check to see if there is no lead debris clinging to the face of the moulds or inside the eye recesses which would not allow the mould to be totally closed, resulting in hot lead leaking out of the crack. Occasionally put a few drops of oil on the hinges to ensure it does not get so hot that the hinge galls. Here is the original Cannon 5 downrigger ball Here is my finished product.
One brand supplies metal spring type clips that hold the handles closed, while others can simply be C-Clamped together. Since the new regulations, wheel weights are hard to find from tire shops anymore. And of course the gloves. Other items needed would be a shallow sieve type strainer scoop, to skim off any floating debris or wheel weight steel clips.
These can be returned to the pot for re-melting. It seems that each style of fishing will have their own versions. Notice the jig hooks in place. MTV defends south Wales reality show. You do not want a section of Nylon carpet however it melts too easily. HOT splattering lead is not something you even want to be close to.
You can use a old wooden hammer handle or block to use to rap the moulds if need be to remove the newly cast weights out of the mould. The chicken feathers on the top jig are all but disappeared. Upon its premiere, The Valleys was slated by viewers and Welsh politicians alike. This experiment went rather well if you consider the learning experience gained. The Plaster of Paris or Bondo would really work better for smaller weights, and even oil soaked compressed sand would work for larger single molds.