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DIY Aluminium Casting at home my 1st Lost Foam Skull Fail

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My 2nd casting of aluminium cans and scrap into some foam skulls bought off ebay. Lost foam casting is really easy and can be as simple as a stainless steel can with a fire underneath it. Melting Aluminium cans at home has never been easier, this setup took a few hours to make, just some charcoal and instead of a compressor you can use a hairdryer,
Failure on both casts, air bubble on the first pour and a partial on the second meant it didnt cast properly. I shouldnt have used a spout and just cast direct into the top of the polysterene.

The diy casting sand should have had bentonite in it as a binder, also some wood ash as well to make it smoother, so I read, its so frigging expensive to buy. You can actually see individual grits of sand in the aluminium skull....it adds character he says.....

Upgrade to the gas bottle foundry, a second propane bottle inserted with a layer of packed sand as an insulator. The top has had a 5 inch pipe inserted plus a grid, this will be filled with a heat resistant filler once i get some more materials to hand.

Thanks for watching, feel free to comment and suggest improvements!
If you want to know more about my casting process then click here for the first video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf-5hbENI-Y

Videos I watched that helped me a lot
556raven - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhII8q4apiA
Rob in NH - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7KOUfjuMlI
The Art of Weapons - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfI7oA1VY78

Buying skulls in the uk from here http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/310696900445?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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