Re: Components of Silicon Bronze


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Posted by bpfink on August 04, 19100 at 07:31:36:

In Reply to: Re: Components of Silicon Bronze posted by Michael on August 03, 19100 at 11:50:30:

This thought for real, or you really rich?

Where would you get those rods for cheap? They cost about $6.80 and on up per lb around here, have maximum amounts of surface area to oxidize in a crucible melt, and unless your thinking super small little castings find this thought rather absurd.

I even cast some of the welding rods in the molds via the venting as the ingot already runs at about $2 per lb.

To be cost efficient I buy my silicone welding rod in a spool, cut off 20 ft lengths and hang it over my shoulder to weld from, less stubs that way (you do have to get used to it's end being a little off from the normal expected straight line expectation, tricky but okay).

When TIG welding with the purchased welding stick rod I take a 12 inch long wood doll rod with a hole drilled into the end, use it as a short stub rod holder and then weld down to the last 3/4 of an inch.

Okay, I'm cheap, but do survive on a sculptor's pack rat life. bpfink

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