Wednesday, March 31, 2021

copper bars

My steel mold works fine with aluminum but I discovered molten copper likes to fuse with it so I milled out a chunk of graphite to pour 200 gram copper ingots.  They drop right out of this mold no problem.  68,72,56,0,W

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Monday, March 29, 2021

junk yard find...

100 pounds of copper and 15 pounds of aluminum - enough to cast over 1000 coins in aluminum bronze.  I decided not to cast with's too toxic in its molten state.  This was my first test cast with aluminum bronze and it only had a few flaws.  But I am encouraged by how well the detail held up with this alloy.



Sunday, March 28, 2021


James 1:12  Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Pandemic Saturday

People think it's over but the numbers are going up.  Covid cases and deaths are rising while states are opening up anyway.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Don't touch!


Tempered a few more new crucibles today at about 1400°. 


Thursday, March 25, 2021


Broke out the welder today for the first time in years.  Fabricated a steel ingot mold for batches of melted alloys I will use for coins.  70,75,49,0,B

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Sunday, March 21, 2021

We have watched...

Lamentations 4:16 The anger of the Lord hath divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders. 17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Pandemic Saturday


In case you were isn't over yet.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021

the key grip...

Rig for tomorrow's video - masking the laptop with cardboard for shooting the screen with my DJI Osmo.  66,69,44,0,B 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

First cast fail...

Tried out melting aluminum cans for the first time today.  50 cans weigh about 600 grams.  I am supposed to expect about 35% to be pure aluminum so I was hoping for around 210 grams in the end.  I got only 109 grams and a ruined crucible clogged with solidified dross and leftover aluminum.  I believe the problem was that I poured before the crucible and metal were hot enough with still too many impurities in the mix.  I tried super heating the leftovers but they refused to melt.  83,89,53,0,B 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

let your requests be made known...

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Pandemic Saturday


The numbers are creeping up again as many states (including Texas) open up 100% against CDC guidelines.  Don't be an asshole - get vaccinated and continue to mask up and practice social distancing.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

my friend...


Moley has been hanging out and following me around
at TFL for the past 3 days.  Video tomorrow.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Approved of men...

Romans 14:16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.  

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Pandemic Saturday


As if the pandemic is officially over and against the advisement of Federal health officials, Governor Greg Abbott recently issued an Executive Order (GA-34) lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent. The Governor made the announcement at Montelongo's Mexican Restaurant in Lubbock in an address to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. 

"With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” said Governor Abbott. "We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent. Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared (?), but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed. Today's announcement does not abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year. (Are you fucking kidding me?  I have seen my fair share of "Texans" who have totally ignored "safe practices" since the pandemic began.)  Instead, it is a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety and the safety of others. With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny".   

This is exactly that kind of rhetoric that Covid deniers have used since the pandemic started - that mandates put in place for the health of all interfered with individual personal freedom.  In other news - I am scheduled for my first shot on Monday.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Third time's a charm?


SpaceX stuck the landing but SN10 exploded about 10 minutes later.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Last night inside?

Pampering this last surviving rooted cutting of my 2 year old tomato plants by bringing it inside the hut at night.   Had a low of 30 this morning which should be the last overnight freezing temperature of the year.  Going to transplant it soon.  57,63,30,0,B

Monday, March 1, 2021

Ordered this crucible...


Graphite Foundry Crucibles are made from a combination of graphite and clay, and are recommended for melting precious, or non-precious metals and can handle large batches of material. Their thick inner walls can handle direct heat and open flame foundries. They can be used with propane melting furnaces as well as a standard torch method. Rated to withstand temperatures up to 2912°F (1600°C). Measurements: 5-1/4" high x 4-3/4" in diameter (exterior dimensions); 4-3/4" deep x 3-3/4" in diameter (interior dimensions). *The "#" in title represents the amount of aluminum that the crucible can accommodate (in pounds); the "Kg" is for the amount of kilograms of brass and copper capacities.