Upcycle Progress: Casting Brass

For my upcycle project I will be recycling brass shell casing and melting them down to cast a new object. I have collected about 5 pounds of brass right now and plan to melt it down in a mini foundry I made last summer. In order to cast a new object I am going to use the lost foam method. This method allows the molten brass to take the shape of any foam object so I plan to go to hobby lobby and find an interesting foam object and turn it to brass. The foam object will then be placed in a bucket of fine sand with two foam risers sticking through the surface of the sand. Then the foundry will be heated to around 1700 °F and all the shells will be liquefied and ready to pour.

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  • Can’t wait to see how the project turns out! If you need more brass, the shooting range Shoot Indoors lets you pick up yours and everyone’s around you which makes a pretty quick and convenient source.

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  • Ryan Daniel
    Scott Lowenstein
    February 5, 2017 11:16 pm

    This idea is so cool! I like how you get the opportunity to use a project you previously built, and re-use a not generally recycled item. I am excited to see how it turns out!

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