This is something Aarron has been working on for a while now. He still doesn’t have it down perfect but he is getting there. It’s a fairly long and drawn out process that takes about 4 hours from start to finish. Sadly most of it has to be done in order because he has found out that if he make the sand cast early, it usually falls in before the aluminum is ready to pour.
The first thing he does is get a good hot fire going so that he can melt the aluminum down to liquid again. After he gets it close to liquid, he starts getting the mold ready. He made a couple wood frames to hold the sand for the mold.
The sand that he uses has been mixed with bentonite clay to make it more sticky so it will hold the shape better.
Once he has the mold ready, he said that he uses a powder or something to make sure the newly made piece will come out easy. Once the aluminum is ready he will pour it into the mold and let it cool. So far, he hasn’t made a perfect piece yet, but he is getting close. He keeps tweaking how he does this until finally he will get a perfect piece. The best part so far has been the picture below.
As you can see, it’s not quite right yet, but he is getting there. If anyone has any suggestions on what he could do to get closer it would be greatly appreciated. I know that he is getting frustrated with the results of this sometimes.
Have a great day!
23 thoughts on “Sand Casting”
This is something he will get better with practice. I am impressed what you do at your farm!
This is so interesting and I had no idea what sand casting was. My husband would like this….
I think four hours is something I can handle to get these results. Thanks for sharing this information for all us newbies!
This is so interesting, I don’t know much about sand casting but I plan on finding out more now. How cool!
Never knew what sand casting is until now. Good to know that is something you can do in your place! Thanks for the info!
im not so sure how to do this but please share results when you’ve figured things out
Really helpful tutoring for those with their own farm.
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This sound so interesting and amazing to try! Can’t wait to share this with my father and my husband!
Wow, what a great thing to do for special parts, etc. I would love to learn how to do this to make things for our home, etc. Probably a lot stronger than the 3D printing of today. 🙂
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My husband will find this is so interesting! He loves this kind of stuff.
I’ve never heard of sand casting. What an interesting process!
This looks hard! Sorry I can’t be of help, but you got to give his prompts for trying!
I’ve honestly never even heard of this before. This is so interesting though. I wouldn’t mind giving it a try.
Sand casting… very interesting, not something I would’ve thought about doing on my own but it makes a lot of sense!
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I don’t know anything about sand casting but it sounds cool!
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That’s so interesting, I had never heard of sand casting before this post.
This sounds so interesting. With a lot of practice, he would be a pro. Sand casting sounds so much fun/ thanks for sharing it with us.
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My first to hear of sand casting. Wishing so much luck on getting it just right.
This is creative and useful! I hope he will make the perfect piece soon!
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My husband has been interested in sand casting for a while now. I heard a little bit about it but after this share, I’m 100% interested! Wishing you luck on your piece!
I had no idea about this either but my husband does. The is pretty cool 😉
I don’t think I am skilled enough to do this but, so interesting. Thanks for sharing!
I wasn’t familiar with sand casting. Sounds like a fascinating process.
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