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You don't need to make horseshoes to enjoy metal casting as a hobby. The right information can help you set up your very own small foundry in your garage or backyard so you can start creating right away. That's what this community is all about!
 
We're all about Hobby Metal Casting for the small Foundry.  You can find lots of Information, Books and Supplies for the Backyard Metal Casting Foundry.  We've also got English gold casting metals and more.


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We cater to Hobby Metal Casting for the small Foundry. For things like Information, Books and Supplies for the Backyard Metal Casting Foundry and even English gold casting metals and more - we have it ...

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We specialize in Hobby Metal Casting for the small Foundry. We've got Information, Books and Supplies for the Backyard Metal Casting Foundry as well as English gold casting metals and more.

Metal Casting Supplies for the Small Foundry - You’ll have a hot time with the right foundry supplies
 

Ever dream of being the “village smithy?” Now’s your chance, because the hobby of metalworking via a home or backyard foundry is gaining popularity! According to Wikipedia, a foundry is "a factory which produces castings of metal, both ferrous and non-ferrous.” That’s a pretty laid-back definition for a hobby that can produce anything from nails to jewelry!
 
Whether you’re going to make horseshoes or metal sculpture, supplies for your hobby run from cheap to expensive. The internet may be your best resource when it comes to finding metal casting supplies for the small foundry or home foundry. Most home foundries tend to use supplies that are inexpensive or can be scavenged from local sites. Many metal casters get into the hobby because they need a less expensive source for parts or pieces. In fact, you may already have many metal casting supplies on hand; you just don’t recognize them as such yet. 

The supplies you need will depend on the type of metal casting work you want to do. For instance, if you plan to use a technique called “lost foam casting,” you won’t need to buy any wax. Conversely, if you’re going to do “lost wax casting,” you won’t need any foam. So don’t be swayed by companies that try to sell you some of both; choose your casting style, and thus your supply needs, very carefully.

Supplies will include a fuel source, which can range from wood to propane. Metals having a higher melting point will need propane, while wood can be used to melt pewter. Most home foundries use propane because it’s easily available and produces a high enough temperature for melting just about any metal.

Many metal casting processes use sand as a way to create molds or to help secure other kinds of molds during pouring. Sand for these purposes doesn’t have to be specially formulated, although some hobbyists like to use playground sand. In fact, sand has been used in casting for centuries simply because it’s cheap and available There is a special type of sand used in casting called green sand, which is favored because it packs well and its able to hold its shape better than common sand.

If you’re going to work with the lost wax process, you’ll need to find a good supply of wax. Fortunately, the wax for this process can be re-used many times. In the case of the lost foam process, you can often find foam insulation for a good price at local home improvement stores. Unfortunately foam is not reusable so which you choose may have to depend on budget and practicality over preference.

Naturally metal is the most important casting supply, and this will vary according to your intentions. A common alloy used in casting for many reasons is aluminum, because anyone can collect, crush and metal aluminum soda cans. Other casters scour junkyards for scrap metal such as bronze, brass and iron. If you’d prefer to work with purer metal, there are suppliers for metal ingots, but obviously these can be more expensive.

The supplies you have or can obtain will determine what you as a metal caster can do, so be prepared to be flexible as you plan your next project.