When I was a young’n my dad put a coffee can on a camp stove filled
it with old lead fishing weights and, while that was melting, had us
kids press our hands into some wet sand in a cardboard box. He used a
pair of pliers to pour the molten lead into our hand-print
indentations and once cooled we had a bunch of lead hands.
Decades are passed and we now know that Dad’s process was rife with
danger, but I long for a way to cast metal with the same ease and
I want to make tiny primitive charms and they don’t have to be gold
or silver, but being new to the world of jewelry making, I am not
sure what tools or metals I need to use. Lie what melts the easiest?
Pewter? Bronze? And can I use my propane torch? Or do I need a kiln?
Or is there another tool I’m not thinking of?
So what would I use in place of the lead, the coffee can (and
pliers), the sand, and the camp stove?
Please forgive my ignorance, but I have to start somewhere and this
seems like the perfect place to ask.
Bobby W. Baker