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7-13-2013

SUBJECT: HELP PLEASE pouring lead

Submitted by gunnerfish from ALABAMA on

I need to know if I buy lead that is already fluxed and cleaned do I have to flux it when I pour.
Thanks Larry


  1. Jeff Hahn from OHIO says Not sure what you are asking
    I usually associate the term "flux" with solder, not pouring lead for jigs. So, if you would restate your question, I'll try to help.

    Jeff Hahn


  2. 1SG from ALABAMA says flux is for joining metals
    No need to add flux. just smoke your mold with a candle flame to allow the jig to seperate easier.

    pouring lead is just encapsulating the hook not joining it.

    Do-it molds has a few videos on pouring tips.

    Even dirty wheel weights can be used and just skim the slag off the top and you have clean lead.


  3. gunnerfish from ALABAMA says try again
    To clean the wheel weights you have to put some bees wax in the lead which is called fluxing, When you do this it causes all the junk to come to the top then you dip it out and you have clean lead and it will not stop your pot up. I guess I answered my own question Thanks Larry


  4. Jeff Hahn from OHIO says OK, now I understand!
    Yep, I add bees wax, too, but never heard it called fluxing. I add the bees wax when using wheel weights or other "unknown" lead. A friend of mine gave me 5 HUGE chunks of lead. His Dad used to collect anything that was lead and melt it down and pour it, layer upon layer, into an old meat loaf pan. I still have 3 of these lead "meat loafs" left, after giving two to a friend who also pours his own jigs. The hard part is separating small amounts of lead that will fit in my hot pot from the huge chunks. Once I do, a little bees wax makes all the junk float to the top to be skimmed off.

    Jeff Hahn


  5. BobW #13200 from VIRGINIA says Tip for Jeff
    See if you can find an old cup cake pan. Next time you have a bunch of lead pour it cup cake size and then you'll have little hockey pucks to melt down later. :-)


  6. Jeff Hahn from OHIO says Thanks Bob
    Thanks Bob. If I can ever get time to melt a bunch from the huge lead "meat loafs," I'll pour it in those tiny cup cake shapes. Those should work great!

    Jeff Hahn





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