Making Sinkers

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The most economical way to acquire sinkers is to make your own ... this is not any big deal to a lot of fishermen but someone that doesn't know or just getting started this should give you an idea of how to get started .... safety is very important ... eye protection is a must and a good pair of welding gloves is very important ... wear long sleeved shirt (a heavy welding type work shirt is best). We'll start with where to buy lead ... you can probably find gas stations that you can get lead wheel weights but they're not pure lead but work in most cases ... you must get it a little hotter than pure lead so that it'll form the eyes better depending on what kind of mold you choose to purchase for whatever type fishing you do. Pouring lead in jig molds you'll need to get the lead very hot so it'll form right and heat the mold a little b4 you start. I purchase my lead from a scrap metal dealer ... either at Cushing Metals in Cushing, OK or Sand Springs Metal Processing in Sand Springs, OK. This type lead comes from lead plumbing and other sources ... make sure they don't give you any lead with zink in it cause it's lighter than pure lead and harder to work.

This is how I clean my lead. I use a regular BBQ grill with a burner and put a grate over it to support the weight of the lead ... I just use a regular metal pan for this and use a pair of vise grips to grab hold of the opposite side of the handle so that I can lift the pan easier to pour the lead into the mold.

 

 

This is what's you want to get rid of ... the trash that's in the lead b4 you melt it down

 

Take a spoon of some sort and skim the trash off the melted lead

I use the vise grips to pour the lead into the corn bread mold

This is a standard cast iron corn bread mold and it is ideal for making ingots with and don't cost but a few dollars ... each ingot will weigh about 1.5 lbs

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