I do not hae the article, but have done broom casting. It’s pretty
simple. You need a broom (with real, not plastic straws!!). But the
straws off the broom and bundle them up and tie them at the bottom. A
bunch about 3 inches diameter is plenty big. Find a container as tall
(or almost as tall) as the bundle. (I use an old plastic gallon milk
bottle, but off to the proper height. Stand the straw bundle up in the
container. You’ll probably want to use a few rocks to prop it up.
Fill with water up to about 1.5-2" below the top of the straws. Splash
water on the part above the waterline to wet the straws thoroughly.
(so they don’t catch fire). Heat the metal in a crucible until molten,
then pour on the top of the straws. You can experiment with different
amounts of the metal, and the height you pour it from, and just how
you pour it, to get different effects.
Splash more water on it to cool off the metal; then remove the metal.
(You’ll probably need to remove the bundle and turn it over and shake
If you don’t like what you got, you can always remelt it and try
margaret, in So Utah, where we sure wish we had a bit of your rain!