- Perfect Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: David J Gingery Publishing; First edition (February 23, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1878087274
- ISBN-13: 978-1878087270
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Making Crucibles Perfect Paperback – February 23, 2003
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My daughter is a ceramics teacher and with her help we followed one of the recipes in the book for making a clay mixture that would hold up to the stresses of melting metal in the furnace in a clay crucible. The recipe showed us what ingredients we needed along with the proportions for the mix.
After firing in a kiln I was pleased with how the "just right" sized crucible fit in the home built furnace and how quickly it heated up. It has been used a number of times and has not shown any signs of cracking or deteriorating.
As another reviewer commented, even if you decide not to make your own crucibles, after reading this book, you'll feel new-found gratitude for the store-bought variety.
This book emphasizes a basic clay/grog formula for the crucible, which I reckon will not be satisfactory for casting metals with melting points much hotter than aluminum. The book also mentions the basic composition and procedure for making clay/graphite crucibles. Silicon carbide crucibles are discussed briefly, with the implication that they are beyond the reach of the typical home workshop, although they were invented in 1891, so you never know; maybe you could with enough research and preparation.
Like other books in this family, the writing is plain and the technical drawings are good. The photographs in this book are extremely helpful; even though they are small and black-and-white.
In order to actually execute the plans in this book, you'll need a lathe, drills, saws, taps and/or dies, a furnace or kiln, tubs to mix cement and clay, and an oxy-fuel torch or other method of heating steel to forge the tongs. That list is from my recollection, only. You'll end up needing a lot of other tools and materials along the way. In one crucible mold making activity, two metal pieces are brazed, so if you cannot conceive of an alternate construction for the part, you will need a welder/torch.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book could have been added to the "Metal Working Shop From Scratch" series, filling in one of the DIY points that was lacking in the "Charcoal Foundy" book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tim @ ROC
Information is adequate and should produce a useable crucible. It is slightly dated on supply information and needs contemporary resource links.Published 13 months ago by Lockley
Could be a little more detailed with a few more pictures, but over all nice book to add to my library.Published 13 months ago by George Wood
very informative for back yard hobbyist but a little danger is in the cards and hard work sometimes frustratingPublished 14 months ago by Robert hutchison