Over Winter break, I had a bit of extra time. When I have extra time, things tend to get a bit crazy. This time, I was inspired. I'd messed with helium in the past. I'd burned off an eyebrow, but that was nothing to what I wanted to do this time. This time I was going to melt metal. It's always been a goal of mine to build with metal, but it's always more trouble than it's worth. This time though, I was going to do it.
I was in Singapore, and I still don't know the area too well, so I was forced in my materials to buy from normal shops, rather than esoteric hobby shops.
1 big plastic bucket - couldn't find a metal one
1 smaller paint bucket - got both used buckets for free at neighborhood paint store
1 pvc pipe - if you can find a metal fitting, USE IT. I melted the end of my sister's PVC pipe.
1 hair dryer - this'll be the equivalent of the bellows for your foundry
1 crucible - buy this on amazon. They're fairly cheap and will stop you from losing a hand.
1 bag of bentonite cat litter - got at a neighborhood pet store
safety equipment - I probably should've used more of this
I put it all together, and wollah -- a forge. I melted some aluminum foil - which turned out to have very little aluminum. So I ran inside and grabbed a coke can. It melted fine, and it was truly a beautiful sight.
This used to be a soda can or two.