You can order a mold from Bass Pro shops, Do it Mold, Janns netcraft.com, BarlowsTackle.com etc. Prices (for the same mold) will run from about $25-30. You will need a small pot to melt-a Hot Pot is fine. Not hard to do, then you can make large quantities. I think http://www.barlowstackle.com/ is the easiest to order from. Go to their online store link from there.
You can get lead from the scrap yards from about $.25-.35/ pound. Pipes are good, stay away from wheel weights.
I think maybe Janns will sell you bulk quanities of jigs. Depending on how many you really need, it might be better to order them. With USPS at $3.85 for the 1st pound, and then it goes to about $6.00 for 5 lbs it wouldn't be feasible to have someone mail them to you. Of course if you were close to someone & could pick them up, that might work.
I'm flexible, i was hoping that someone with kids allready and didn't want anymore would be into this. I have thought about getting a mold, but then lead kind of scares me. I live about 15 mins from janns, so i might just go there. What does it cost to make them.
you can use them for sure..its just the QUALITY of that lead is very poor..even DO-IT mold tells ya not to use poor quality lead in the directions(ie wheel weights).
I get my lead at a scrap yard for $0.20 a lb. its nice high quality x-ray room lead..in 1/8" thick sheets..easy to cut down to size even for small melting pots.
Blocker, i have a jighead mold that makes 1/32 oz & 1/16th oz for tying my own "hair-jigs" and "feather-jigs" for whitebass and skipjack herring.
As far as pouring lead, naw its good for ya...it helps me get my lead fix through the winter til spring when i can go back to chewing on the lead sinkers on my cast net..lol
Good fishing to all,
they are a little harder than pure lead, that is why you can break them with your hand. There is nothing wrong with using them, I use them all the time myself, I melt them down on a burner on my grill, skim off all of the junk and clips then pour them into ingots that are nice and clean. That way when I need to melt some I have nice clean lead on hand. I wouldn't use them for casting bullets because they are harder than pure lead but for sinkers they are fine..
Just a suggestion, they are usually DIRTY and have that clip. They work, but it's so much easier to not fuss with all that debris from them.
I catch your drift about not wanting any 3 headed children
Might not be a bad idea to just buy new ones already painted to lessen your exposure even more.
We pour about 1000 per season. Got molds from 1/16-3/4. All the colors of paint they make. We do sell them as well!! Shoot me a pm tell me what you want and how many. Also type of hooks, bronze or gold and we will get working on it!!
I do use the wheel weights and good lead. I kinda melt them half good and half wheel weights. I use that for sinkers and the good lead for jigs and sabots. Just used to work in a garage and got all of them for free.
I pour all mine outdoors. I try to dodge the smoke too. I'm working on a set up in my spare apartment ( 2F house). I 'm going to run a range hood & then maybe hang some canvas or something off it so ALL the fumes go out. I have close to 20 molds, and it's really a pain to take the pot out on the porch, all the hooks & usually when I pour, I keep at it about 8 hours or so. I like to do enough so I don't have to do it again for awhile. I usually only use about 5 molds, but have to alternate. If you pour in an enclosed space, use ventilation, ie. fan in a window & set the pot up near the fan.
It can be dangerous, so be sure to wear gloves- leather work gloves , goggles are recommended too. NEVER - ever put any water in your pot----like a pipe that has a few drops in it !!
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