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    Fishbonz Folly's

    Here's some of the things I cast.

    Today's session was 2 anchors and 16 bottle openers.



    The anchor with vents, first time the vents filled to the top.
    I increased my time to 4 minutes post melt.



    Check this out, the ingate to two of the openers is no bigger than a pencil lead. This was by accident, I didn't cut it like the rest. I was dumbstruck that the pieces filled.

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    Ok, now that's just not fair... When I make my gates too small by accident, the mold doesn't fill.



    At least someone is having a bit of luck; the castings look great!

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    Nice bottle openers, Im sure the guys will like them and put them immediately to work
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    I cast 16 more today. Had two that did not fill the lower part of the rivet head. I thought that was strange, figured a fail would be the top.
    Learned a lesson about PB, I was treating it like greensand and throwing it all in the mixer. That makes a long day of casting. Today I just scooped out the burnt and returned the rest to the sand bin. At the end of the day I mixed the crusts with enough good to fill the mixer. Another plus for PB.
    Another breakthrough, 1 1/4" fiber reinforced disks for the dremel makes quick work of stubborn flash.
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    Another full day of foundry work
    Grave marker, house number, 20 more bottle openers.



    When I started the PB seemed a little dry, just used it 3 days ago. It got down to 65 last night so the PB was cool. I put the heat lamp on it and raised the temp. That got it back in the groove. The hotter it is the stickier it gets.
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    Sweet, nice job!

    Side note,
    I hate you all that are having nights in the 60's.
    Our nights down here are in the 80's and stickier than fly paper. Grrrrrrr

    WHEN IS WINTER COMING BACK???

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    Sweet, nice job!

    Side note,
    I hate you all that are having nights in the 60's.
    Our nights down here are in the 80's and stickier than fly paper. Grrrrrrr

    WHEN IS WINTER COMING BACK???
    But In a few months when we have to chip the ice off the sand in the morning and it's 70 down there We'll be hating you

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    I got all the openers cleaned up and tumbled them in the mixer with river gravel.
    I have a spring gauge that goes to 24 lbs so I did a test by clamping a box end wrench in the vise and pulling on the end of the rivet. At max pressure the legs on the opener bent a little. I heat treated the openers @400 for a couple hours in my powder coat oven and tested again. No deflection this time. Research says 7 lbs is needed to open bottle caps so I think these should actually be functional. Yay!
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    Fired up the furnace for a quick one pot melt.
    Three lost foam pieces and an anchor to use the whole A6.
    Two of the pieces are a hub to mount windmill blades, and the other is an arrowhead to make another bottle opener with.

    Bones

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    Last round of casting for the boat meet.
    We're staying at a place called Arrowhead so swag for the proprietors. They're a gracious bunch that puts up with us.

    Bones

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