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Product Details

  • 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 (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well researched and good info.
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The crucibles you can make using this book are not commercial quality, but they are your own product and very cheap to produce.
Big Jon
I found this booklet very good and I would recommend it to like minded people.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Big Jon on February 14, 2010
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This book explains making ceramic crucibles in your home shop. Crucibles are not always easy to find and they are very expensive. For a small scale foundry they are easily the biggest expense you have. The crucibles you can make using this book are not commercial quality, but they are your own product and very cheap to produce. I think they work about as well as commercial crucibles. They just don't last as long. The instructions are concise and well explained. As with all of his books, Vincent Gingery delivers the why as well as the how. I couldn't find the recommended materials but was able to substitute others because I understood why. A very empowering book.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By H. Dwyer on November 29, 2011
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I had built a small, charcoal fired furnace and was anxious to try it out. After making a steel pipe crucible I realized that it took too long to heat the crucible and it was overall too large for the furnace with little room for fuel. Commercial crucibles seemed too expensive for such a low budget undertaking so I looked for and found this book.

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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Foolish Perfectionist on June 27, 2013
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This book is a good, perhaps essential, supplement to The Charcoal Foundry book. In this book you learn how to make ceramic crucibles, crucible tongs, and crucible glaze. This book also includes a concise list of 10 safety rules, some of which I don't recall reading in the other book.

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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Archie French on April 16, 2011
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"Making Crucibles" is a handy book for first time crucible makers and covers options in the processes of making crucibles. It covered safety aspects and how to identify potential crucible failures.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LGN on March 4, 2012
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I enjoyed the book and if I decide to undertake this project there's no doubt I could do it based on it. I wanted to know materials, proportions and the process. All that information is provided in detail. The process however, seems more tedious than I anticipated. Certain molds require tools and machining that a person may not have on hand. I was hoping to make my own crucibles right away. Considering the value a person places on their time and the cost of tooling one may not have I'm not sure making your own crucibles would be worth the effort and initial expense.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2013
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An excellent book for those wanting to make their own crucibles; it even has a good list of suppliers in the back of the book. I am very pleased with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack Graham on February 3, 2014
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I really like reading about the requirements for the home shop foundry for small scale production of Aluminum parts. Maybe someday I will give it a try but for now I'm reading as much as I can. This book is a good addition to my library on this subject.
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By Amazon Customer on July 4, 2014
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Well researched and good info. Even if you decide not to make your own it improves understanding of the tools you're using.
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