Does anyone actually use those things. Lee dipper (lead). I tried mine once with a single cavity mold. Even let the spur build up. I was getting uneven bases. Unless there's a trick to it..
Little lee dipper
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Useful for pouring long skinny rifle bullets or for very small capacity molds. Any other use will cause you problems.
Adding flux and removing dross. The thin steel heats quickly and the melt doesn't stick.
Thought that was what stainless steel teaspoons from Goodwill were for?
Those Goodwill spoons are very handy. Drill a small hole near the point of the spoon to allow the melt to drain from the bowl retaining the dross. Another hole in the handle to screw to a dowel for an insulated handle. A very handy tool and with the curve on the bowl and edges, does a great job of scraping the sides and bottom of the casting furnace.
Yep, I bought one when a first started casting back when Noah was getting his feet wet. Best use has been fluxing and cleaning dross off the top. The wood handle has been a good thing but I may consider drilling a hole in it for drain. A good idea is a good idea.
The LEE ladle is a dandy pot scraper. Beyond that point its utility starts fading fast.
I, like you, use the little Lee dipper for fluxing, but use a table spoon for dipping of dross. I use the little dipper for fluxing because you can catch more air than a spoon, when you turn it upside down to dip in the pot, With my small bottom pour, it it gives you much more freedom of movement while fluxing than a spoon does.
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