Jordan Peacock wrote:
By comparison, the technology for casting pewter minis with rubber molds is such that I can do it in my garage (and have done so), and it takes a lot less time to get rolling once you've made the "masters" for a new mold.
The trouble is that pewter costs more, is heavier, is more trouble to work with, and the rubber molds have a far, far shorter life span than the dies used for plastic figures
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I have done some home casting of lead minis. In had a catalog that was nothing but rubber molds for home casting figures of a 1000 types. I got a set for casting a chess set, as i could make a chess set and the same figures could be fantasy minis as it had knights on horses and archer pawns and priest
My problem was I was cheap (to cheap to buy metal minis in the first place) and rather than buy special casting lead, I tried various things. First i tried chopped up tire weights and fishing weights. From work I bought lead for 10 cents a pound that was lead sheeting out of a remodeled x ray room and the lead bottles for holding nuclear pellets. I never could find any cheap bismith or cadmium to mix in with the lead to lower the melt point and viscosity.
None of that gave me the detail I wanted and I'm an experience caster with a year of experence in aluminium and bronze