Backyard Foundry E-Zine: PIRATE KEYS!
My favorite grandson is turning 2 and having a pirate party...so I made him some pirate keys...I am a locksmith by trade by the way. I would have made them out of brass, but the Mrs' was afraid they would be too heavy for his little toes. I took two short dowel rods and rammed them up in the drag. (See first picture) Then, I turned it upright and coped down half way. Then I dusted the drag and rammed the cope. I pulled the flask apart and free handed the bow, bit and runners and sprue. I carved the crossed bones into it too. They didn't come out perfectly, but it is fine for this little project. Can you believe I did something other than lost foam!!
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Next is one of the keys finished
Well, that was a fun little project.
I put my burner into a larger tube and lit it with kerosene. Here is a video of that. It is only the raw video, I will edit it and post that soon!
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This picture is of the keys as poured...one key cut off already.
Next, I made a foam pattern to cast the key ring from brass. Here is the pattern.
and here it is as poured. As you can see, it didn't fill completely...so I just made it smaller. next time, I may just use a rod as a pattern in the flask to make the ring too.
Here it is done with the keys on it
Here is the final result with one of my favorite little pirates!