Welcome to my FlamingFurnace, backyard metal casting blog.

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.

Feel free to check my YouTube channel where I provide detailed explanations, tips & tutorials for best backyard aluminum casting methods, homemade foundry equipment & of course the importance of safety when working with molten aluminum.

So remember recycle and Enjoy my blog ;-)
Showing posts with label aluminum recycling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label aluminum recycling. Show all posts

August 14, 2021

 Turning A Cheap Axe into a Viking Style Axe

I just posted a new video where I took an old axe and turned it into a cool looking Viking axe style, I have used first time metal etching in this project, and sand casting to create the new solid aluminum handle. As always all the aluminum used is from recycled old parts, Feel free to check my YouTube video below with all the steps and don't forget to tap on like, subscribe or just leave a comment ;-).

The first step was to create the new Viking axe design, I used basic material's to create the shape such as WD40 metal can, duct tape roll and T-Pex pen pen to mark the lines. I have also removed the old handle easily by drilling the axe head. 

Step 1: designing the Viking axe shape
Making a Viking axe style from a cheap axe/hatchet

Step 2: removing the old cheap handle

Step 3: using and angle grinder cutting the shape of the Viking axe

Once the shape was cut with an angle grinder I did some sanding with a flap disc and sand paper

Step 4: Oil heat treatment of the Viking axe head, for extra strength and durability

Step 5: creating the sand mold and casting the aluminum into a sand mould with the Viking axe head inside. The aluminum casting turned out very well just required some light cleanup ;-).

 Step 6: To create extra support of the axe head to the new casted aluminum handle I used my bench drill, drilling two holes and welding x2 metal pins for extra strength, then cleaned the surface with angle grinder and you could never guess there are 2 pins welded
Making a Viking axe style from a cheap axe/hatchet and aluminum handle casting

After the metal pins welding and cleanup on both sides
Making a Viking axe style from a cheap axe/hatchet

Step 7: I used metal etching with a 12V car battery charger, salt and lemon to create two words in (ancient Paleo (1200BC) Wiki) - one words refers to "Good" and the other word "Evil", I thought its symbolic as an axe can be used as a weapon in times of war and other times just for survival/camping to chop wood. I used electrical tape and Tipp-ex pen to create the words and shapes across the Viking axe head.

Metal etching with basic materials

First look after short etching, this was just my first test next time I might do deeper metal etching

Step 8: After a bit of aluminum polish I used a Paracord to wrap around the axe handle (simple west country whipping) and lastly sharpened the axe blade a bit, and that's it turned out very cool ;-).

Ready to chop some wood

December 31, 2019

3D Printing addition to this blog 💥

Wow its been over a year since I last posted on my blog, this year was super busy with my full time job, finishing my last year of psychology in collage and crazy busy family life, time just flies. So I didn't have much time for metal casting this year but I did find some extension to this hobby that I will probably incorporate into my future metal casting. Around Jan' this year I purchased my first 3D printing machine of Creality CR-10S,
 I did some printing this year and I would like to share with you some of the more interesting ones. Majority of my 3D printings I downloaded from Thingiverse web site, remixing some and  others I have created using the fantastic Tinkercad easy to use app for 3D design, electronics and coding. So long story short I am far from being an expert in relation to 3D Printing but I know more then what I knew last year ;-).

My most recent 3D Printing was of a Star Wars Rebel Escort ship (Remix) from the creator Colin 300zxcolin full credit goes to him for sharing the files. I felt ready to try a larger size print and it turned out awesome, I used white and grey filament and will probably spray paint it at some point in the future. On the left you can see the finished print. As a huge Star Wars and Star Trek fan I did some previous space ship prints but nothing compares to the scale of this one, I have replaced and added front swiveling cannons, swiveling missile launchers, turret tower guns (borrowed from the empire death star ㋡), Side missiles, round turrets, internal connections support and rebel alliance legs. The software that I use to scale/slice and prep all STL files is the amazing Cura software.

Another cool 3D print (credit to MakerBot for sharing the files) was a present for my father in law that is a huge fan of Jurassic park and is fighting cancer, the print of a T-Rex skull including the stand, I used a gold filament for the skull and grey for the stand and it turned out very well, the T-Rex looks very well decorating his sitting room now and most important made him happy ;-).

One thing I learned about this print is to make sure that there is a good infill % for small areas such as the T-Rex teeth that I had to super glue 2 of them after as I yanked them off with the support.

The print on the right is my pride and joy as this was the first experiment I did with Photogrammetry, I took 80 photos of a wooden statue - The Legend of the Yogi Man (Orang Malu) also known as “The Weeping Buddha” or “Shy Man Buddha". I had the wooden statue over 10 year in my sitting room and it was perfect opportunity to try the Photogrammetry with a nice round object. I used Autodesk ReCap Photo software to generate the 3D shape from the puzzle of images, when I saw it the first time it was like magic, taking something from the real world and replicating it into a 3D object that can be manipulated in size and other features.

 I experiment with a couple of prints and the best part there is no need for any support for this 3D printing and the final result is really cool, especially with high infill it makes the print feel heavy and chunky when holding it.

In the print below I tested Photogrammetry with another statue and it turned out ok but the details where not as good as the first single Yogi statue, I figure I had to take more images from more angles so the final 3D object is more complete.

I plan to try at some point next year to use some of the 3D plastic printings into metal casting, one of the main advantages of the 3D printing where before it took me hours to make for example a pattern of a sign now I can quickly design and print the pattern. 

October 30, 2018

Styrofoam skulls into solid aluminum - (Lost Foam Casting) ♻

In this video/tutorial I created a solid aluminum wreath skulls for Halloween, I used the Lost Foam casting method with my home made furnace to make the aluminum casting, the process is super simple and the preparation of the casting mold is very quick.

As always I am recycling ♻ old aluminum scrap into something new, most important is promoting the recycling awareness by providing different ideas for projects. 

Halloween Skull decoration into solid aluminum - Lost Foam Casting ♻

In this tutorial video you can learn how to create your own aluminum skull-bones ☠️ decoration for Halloween or just for the fun of it, ;-)

As always I am recycling old scrap aluminum into something new, most important is promoting the recycling awareness by providing different ideas for projects ♻

Special Zombie Apocalypse - Spike Ball Aluminum Lost Foam Casting

Spike ball for zombie apocalypse - In this video I will show you the stages of how I made an aluminum spike ball using lost foam casting method. The aluminum casting turned out very well and surprisingly ;-), the handle is made from scrap metal such as bolt, nuts metal loop and old fishing chain.
As always I am recycling old scrap aluminum into something new, most important is promoting the recycling awareness by turning this waste into something new. I hope you enjoy the video feel free to like subscribe or drop me a comment ;-)

Silly Paper Weight - Lost Foam Aluminum Casting

This is a short video of my lost foam aluminum casting experiment, I just glued some art and craft Styrofoam ball I found in a local craft shop. This silly project gave me idea for my next video - coming up soon demonstrating how to cast solid aluminum medieval spiked ball. As always all my metal casting projects are made from recycled aluminum, the main purpose of my videos is to increase recycling awareness. I hope you enjoy the video feel free to like subscribe or drop me a comment.

Lost Foam Aluminum casting - Heart Chain

In this video I will show you how to create a solid aluminum Valentine's Hearts chain using (polystyrene) lost foam casting process, as always I am recycling old scrap aluminum into something new, most important is promoting the recycling awareness and what can be done with waste aluminum.