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Hi everyone, I mainly focus on metal casting projects using recycled scrap aluminum and other accessories in the pattern creations.
Aluminum is a very versatile material and I would like to promote the awareness of aluminum recycling via different metal casting projects.

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January 16, 2011

Casting New Aluminum bell cover

This is another quick project I made for my house. After painting the door last year the bell button looked a bit boring so I decided to make it look a bit more "attractive". The design is very basic and the pattern is made from MDF.
MDF is not great for small patterns but it did the job, the hard part was getting the shape of the bell cover button cavity. So as I did with the aluminum handle pattern (another project) I cut it into 4 parts, that makes it easier to get the mold out without breaking the sand. As for the button I shaped a small part of hard wood. After opening the flask I cut off the sprue and riser, I was lucky there was only a bit of shrinkage on the back of the bell cover because I was a bit short of molten aluminum. Some cleaning a bit of polish and It looks great.