I do not pour lead or make my own jig heads or weights. I have been to several seminars on pouring lead and all dicouraged used tire weights. Use pure lead and avoid the problems associated with bi metals...... GaryI am looking for lead. So I can start casting my own weights. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
On my last physical I took a blood test and the doctor told me that the iron in my blood turned into the lead in my ass! I buy all my lead products!! lol...... GaryNot all wheel weights are made of steel yet, but they're heading in that direction. I've got some that are made of zinc, and it melts at a much higher temp than lead. Zinc in a batch of lead can cause pouring problems. I've used lead wheel weights for many years & if pouring larger jigs or sinkers they're fine. But, for smaller stuff, a softer lead is better. With wheel weights you have to keep the temps up, both in your melting pot & molds to get good clean pours.
If you can find plumbers lead at a decent price, that's usually pretty soft.
I buy most of my lead now from Ebay sellers, and it can be had at reasonable cost, but you have to watch shipping cost, which can double the price.
Gary, there are hazards associated with any type of lead as well as many other heavy metals. As long as it's treated as such and precautions are taken to limit health problems, it's generally safe to pour sinkers & such with any lead type. I wear a respirator, gloves & proper clothing when pouring, and have my blood checked for lead every time I have a complete physical, which is usually every year or two. So far, all tests have been negative, and I've been pouring for over 25 years. Actually, unless a person does something really stupid when pouring with lead, the biggest danger is getting burned. :yes:
:hysterical: That's an entirely different problem I believe! I've accumulated about 300 molds of various types, so I pour the lead I use. Can't say I'm saving money doing it, but I don't have to go to the tackle shop every time I run out of something, which keeps me from buying a whole lot of other stuff I don't really need! :yes:On my last physical I took a blood test and the doctor told me that the iron in my blood turned into the lead in my ass! I buy all my lead products!! lol...... Gary