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    Here is the bolster getting ready to cast tomorrow morning:
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    I am hoping you will show more photos of the casting and finishing.
    Regardless, this is going to be a fun WIP.
    Thank you for posting this.
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    The casting came out most of the way. I was a bit too cautious about over heating the alloy, so the extra that I allowed came in handy!
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    Looking good.
    What is the bolster material?
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    Spike, what does it take to do your own casting?

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    The metal is an alloy mix used to make rose gold, copper and some other stuff to give it better hardness.

    Doing your own casting can be as simple as a soup can and a potato or a burnout oven and a vacuum casting machine, with crucibles and a torch. I use the latter!
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    looks like a really neat Job Spike, Nice knife too. How much clean up is necessary using your casting method. Do you do the slot a bit undersize then file it out to fit?

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    When the casting comes out as it should very little finishing is necessary, often emery paper is sufficient. I make the slot just fit perfectly in the wax, and the small amount of shrinkage in the casting requires a few swipes with a needle file to finish the fit.
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    Thats a great skill to have. Certainly sounds more fun to me than drilling little holes and filing them out.

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    How would I go about learning about casting?

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