|"I'm ready for my closeup."|
|This is the mold I carved where the metal will be poured. (It is the kanji for love, reversed, of course.)|
|Everyone's molds, waiting for the liquid aluminum.|
Here are some of the tools used:
|Crucible carrier/pouring device.|
|Open furnace with melted and non-melted aluminum.|
|Matt checking the metal's temperature and me, very much aware of my lack of health insurance.|
|Pulling the red-hot crucible out of the furnace.|
|Pouring the metal into the molds.|
"For how long?" "About one minute..."
|Matt and me, surveying our work.|
|The leftover metal was poured into these molds to melt and use another day.|
|Everyone's metal, after cooling.|
|Did mine turn out alright? You'll have to tune in next time for the answer. :)|
It's not my own custom made suit of armor, but I still think it is pretty awesome. I'll put some pictures of the finished product online once all of the black, crusty sand is removed and the metal is sufficiently polished.