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  • TultraP Fighter
    TultraP Fighter 2 days ago

    0:13 rip voice

  • Dane Clark
    Dane Clark 4 days ago

    you need to make 2 holes one for metal to go in and one for air to get out

  • Hunter McFarlane
    Hunter McFarlane 5 days ago

    What’s your relationship with TAMU noticed it a lot around your shop

  • Bob
    Bob 5 days ago


  • Awesome Trident
    Awesome Trident 5 days ago

    Can we get a big-toe reveal soon?

  • mercsan117
    mercsan117 6 days ago

    Forgot to take the steel out, HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAA OMG, lol

  • Matthew Abercrombie
    Matthew Abercrombie 6 days ago

    You could probably microwave the sand to remove the moisture.

  • moxiemason
    moxiemason 6 days ago

    I've seen others put talc on the top of the first half of sand, creating a takc release between the two mould halves.

    NECKBEARD 8 days ago

    Just build a mold. It's easier. Also there's specific sand you should be buying for casting mate.

  • Giwrgos
    Giwrgos 11 days ago

    cant you make a blade out of molter iron?

  • Rob Kayser
    Rob Kayser 12 days ago +1

    The reason your mold wasn't turning out at 8:07, is that you need to pack the cope against a flat surface, not against the drag where you've already molded your cavity into. Basically- you make the top and bottom exactly the same (but separately) on a flat surface, cut your sprue (use a tapered pipe to cut, not a rod to mold it in) and vents, pull your pattern, and THEN match the two. Don't put the cope on the drag and then pack with sand- it'll never turn out. The sand will always fall out as you pack it, since it's unsupported. "Green-sand molding" refers to the green-strength of the pressed sand being all that's holding it together. It's not cured, and there's not a lot causing it to stick. Normally you make the matching faces of the cope & drag against a match-plate to support the bottom.
    Also- you can check for proper moisture content by throwing a ball of it against the wall- if the ball sticks, too wet. If nothing sticks, too dry. If it breaks apart and portions of the disintegrated ball stick- perfect. Too dry, and it won't pack. Too wet, and you get a steam burp (it can come out the part-line on the mold and spray your shins. Bad news). And you can also put weights on top of the mold while pouring to reduce the amount of flashing (metal is really dense, and it will float the mold up).
    Source- metallurgist, worked in a green-sand foundry, etc. Hope this helps.

    • Rob Kayser
      Rob Kayser 11 days ago

      +Stefan Pal Agreed. But apparently people are still watching, and hopefully it can help them if they want to try this at home.

    • Stefan Pal
      Stefan Pal 11 days ago

      Rob Kayser lil late but ok

  • Greg Smith
    Greg Smith 13 days ago

    You also need a vent and a sprue and you might try loss wax I seen them use Styrofoam also you just leave it in and pour and it melts out leaving you part but I've never tried it...

  • NZ_games
    NZ_games 13 days ago +9

    Alec: *burns sand*
    me: alec i think thats enough fire
    Alec: *burns sand more*
    Alec: MORE FIRE!!!
    Me: ALEEEC

  • Derick Dinkins
    Derick Dinkins 13 days ago

    Oh that’s hot

  • O K
    O K 14 days ago +1

    12:34 *oof*

  • J.M. B
    J.M. B 14 days ago

    You could always just bury a Styrofoam mold in dry sand and pour it in the spout

  • Christian Duran
    Christian Duran 15 days ago

    Jazza jr is that you

  • Cutler Scott
    Cutler Scott 16 days ago

    You need vent holes and pour holes

  • TheMatron'sMilitia
    TheMatron'sMilitia 17 days ago

    My highschool had a foundry, and we made some bombastic icecream scoops.

  • Paul Wehner
    Paul Wehner 17 days ago

    You could’ve used your forge to dry the sand

  • White Marlin
    White Marlin 20 days ago

    My 1st & only time pouring molten metal in a form was lead into a few fishing sinker molds w/ a friend. I considered us both to be smart & safety conscious melting & pouring in the outside. That was until I looked down & were both in bathing suits & sandals. 🤪 🤫
    Yeah... I know. 🤨

  • gilibran
    gilibran 21 day ago

    I'm not sure about it and i know squat about smithing and casting, it was a long time ago, but i remember making molds for casting toy soldiers in pewter, and what the guy who did it used was Brussels clay or sand, which was alot finer then the course sand i see you use. It did have the same color though, but one thing i know for sure it was alot finer and more clay like then sand and when packed tight enough got all the very tiniest details? And yes ;-) i do know casting pewter is very different from steel or something with alot higher melting point.

  • Matt Gilmour
    Matt Gilmour 26 days ago

    What was that thing you used halfway through the video? Had lots of writing on it... kind of like a static computer screen. I think you called it a “book”? 🧐😁😂

  • Ruth Levits
    Ruth Levits 28 days ago


  • Ruth Levits
    Ruth Levits 28 days ago

    try styrofoam

  • daniel kidston
    daniel kidston 28 days ago

    Molten metal and moisture...! Great idea.....lol

  • GermanSheep
    GermanSheep 29 days ago

    Do you still have the Meteorite? If so melt it and then cast it into a sword or dagger just like Sokka from Avatar: The last Airbender. Or maybe make some Arrows out of it and shoot them

  • CadillacJak
    CadillacJak Month ago

    When people from the U.K sing they sound American. Just a fact of life

  • CadillacJak
    CadillacJak Month ago

    Love the sweater MERRY CHRISTMAS

  • Victor Konsam
    Victor Konsam Month ago

    like to make a furnace

  • Mark Inman
    Mark Inman Month ago

    You might try making a fired clay mold for your next casting

  • Dragmar Omega
    Dragmar Omega Month ago

    blend used motor oil into a dry sand is a better molding base.
    you have to have a vent hole on the one side of the mold and a flow chanel on the other side

  • Hudson Maloney
    Hudson Maloney Month ago

    i have no idea why i watch these but i like them

  • robert morse
    robert morse Month ago

    How old are you Alec? Because you are really knowledgeable for your age. I know that sounds weird but seriously.

  • David Hood AKA THE DUCK

    The sand your using resembles the Petro bond sand that I use. Which will kinda stick to your hands. I dont think moisture is the problem. You need a riser at the opposite end of your sprue. You are trapping air inside the cavity which is simply bubbling out where it can. Cat litter clay sand uses water to bond the clay and sand and even it doesn't do this. The best casting videos on TheXvid are myfordboy hopefully I will get my new foundry finished soon so I can put some real content out there on this subject. Even though you fail at casting your still a great videographer. Good job.

  • David Hood AKA THE DUCK

    Try petro bond sand

  • Ayman Bou Ghanem
    Ayman Bou Ghanem Month ago

    You laughing off your failed attempts reminds me of me laughing off my chemistry grades.
    Only difference is that you have a set of skills and goals and I'm just a medico trying to survive the premed program😅😅😅

  • gordan ramsy
    gordan ramsy Month ago

    That was clay

  • Andre A
    Andre A Month ago

    The good thing is that you never never give up. Best channel

  • john yarbrough
    john yarbrough Month ago

    You should have cast the meteorite

  • Otter
    Otter Month ago

    Lol 5:03

  • jacob graham
    jacob graham Month ago

    1 aluminium would work better for beginners 2 if you green sand casting you do it that way, but you would maybe do better with styrofoam casting.

  • Fabtech American made

    Hello my good new friend my name is Shane just wanted to tell you I love the things you guys do in the shop im a maker my self iv seen that you having trouble with your sand you need to gets some green sand that stuff is flipping cool try that and keep up the cool work love the videos thanks for making such cool videos I love them is love to come out with you one weekend and make a knife that would be cool to do thanks

  • Demonic Svedka
    Demonic Svedka 2 months ago

    My dude that looks like clay

  • silent Shu-Shu
    silent Shu-Shu 2 months ago

    next time use foam to make the shape ur wanting . then when you pure the hot steel in it will just melt away leaven the space to fill with the metal. and keeping the shape

  • Srinath Sudharsan
    Srinath Sudharsan 2 months ago

    Why not bake the sand!?

  • NubHorse
    NubHorse 2 months ago

    wow your ending just like "Daily Dose Of Internet" channel ending

  • Eythan Earles
    Eythan Earles 2 months ago

    He should get tkor to help

  • Awemowe
    Awemowe 2 months ago

    I always grip my piece when I'm working it ;^)

  • Out for Summer
    Out for Summer 2 months ago +1

    i believe that if you have a second hole going to the mold the air escapes much easier and evenly from it

  • ashton fussman
    ashton fussman 2 months ago

    Could you be more fucking overly enthusiastic it’s obnoxious

  • Fire OrbG
    Fire OrbG 2 months ago

    For anyone wondering the bubbling is caused by the water in the sand boiling causing vapor

  • AJ Ramos
    AJ Ramos 2 months ago

    I love the fact that you use books!! Too few people do that nowadays!

  • Anubis Hades
    Anubis Hades 2 months ago

    Ain't no sunshine when she's gone, good thing we have a blowtorch

  • Dusk Wolf
    Dusk Wolf 2 months ago

    I'm glad someone on youtube knows how to use a file.

  • MarshMallowNynja E
    MarshMallowNynja E 3 months ago

    If my wife’s a problem do I hit her with a hammer

  • Ethan C.
    Ethan C. 3 months ago

    Do you prefer pouring or forging?

  • Jw Slay
    Jw Slay 3 months ago

    You should buy a regular oven, and bake the sand first

  • derek ash
    derek ash 3 months ago

    bake the sand in the oven

  • Jacob Doe
    Jacob Doe 3 months ago

    I watched a video of some guy drying sand and I loved it

  • Dino Gaming
    Dino Gaming 3 months ago

    he sounds like Gordon Ramsey

  • Goodness
    Goodness 3 months ago

    Moment of Truth! ...wait what is it I do?... Lol!

  • Half Insane Outdoor guy

    what FPS does this guy film at? Motion looks great!

  • Shawn Begley
    Shawn Begley 3 months ago +4

    Turn meteorite to dust with wet Saw take a magnet to remove usable metal and get it molten and pour a billet "!? You can do it !!!,,,,😎👑💀👽

  • Nurcahyo Indarto
    Nurcahyo Indarto 3 months ago

    Make 2 holes

  • William Richards
    William Richards 3 months ago

    Hey bud, think you're gurgling was caused by having no vents so you're air couldn't escape. Well looks like you put one in y9ur second or third attempt. Although they should be about 3/8th diameter on the high point of your casting.

  • Szabo Robert Arpad
    Szabo Robert Arpad 3 months ago

    You need a second hole for let put gases, try lost wax molding 😉

  • Eric Budiyono
    Eric Budiyono 3 months ago

    Jamie is a real person. Myth busted.

  • decomposingman
    decomposingman 3 months ago

    Reminds me a bit of when I was learning to cast gold crowns in dental school. Lots of remakes! Great singing voice, btw.

  • Kenneth Dyson
    Kenneth Dyson 3 months ago

    the water in the sand is being vaporized and causing bubbles. yeah. that's why you use other compounds, or that's why they use other compounds when casting jewelry.

  • Xavier Jones
    Xavier Jones 3 months ago

    ;want the stag

  • MewcePewpz
    MewcePewpz 3 months ago

    really interesting stuff, glad i found your channel!

  • Right Wing Safety Squad

    Throw fire at my problems? That didn't work out so well last time, the Russians got mad and the Americans were there too for some reason and everyone took turns kicking my ass.

  • Mystic -Gaming
    Mystic -Gaming 3 months ago

    Sounds like Muselk

  • Carlos Leon
    Carlos Leon 4 months ago

    I can hear the frustration behind his laughter

  • tjwizzler
    tjwizzler 4 months ago

    lol.. good stuff

  • Lady Lucario
    Lady Lucario 4 months ago

    i clicked to listen how to cast things and i was greeted with a song in between. I was not disappointed with the singing. very good voice.

  • FagboworeCGI
    FagboworeCGI 4 months ago

    From the little casting I did early in college, I don't think the problem here is the sand being too wet... There should be a second "Riser" hole (carefully placed leading to the mould cavity just like the pouring hole) and a couple other vents that would allow vapour and other gases formed as a result of the hot molten metal reacting with the moist sand, escape... The bubbles is because these gases are trying to escape from the same hole you are pouring through

  • Phillip Allen-Baines
    Phillip Allen-Baines 4 months ago

    We would love to see you do that with the meteorite, Im sure it would melt, then you could forge the well mixed alloy without it falling apart. I call for another METEORITE!!!!!! PLeasE

  • Aepek
    Aepek 4 months ago

    Dad used to work in Foundry business with 3-4 story high melting furnaces & 1-2 story holding furnaces, along with pouring furnaces. Seeing a foundry in production mode is incredible & pretty cool(HOT🔥🔥 actually. Thank goodness for the ice vest invention👍🏻👍🏻). Seeing those things tip to pour out the river of liquid metal into a bucket on an overhead rail system is pretty neat. Than finally getting to the step where the metal is poured into the sand/silica cast molds(as well as diff types of mold systems) that make whatever part they are creating is amazing. If love factory tours & this kind of stuff, going to a foundry & seeing the process in person.....well, it's mind blowing. The toys, I mean machinery, they have in those places to aid in the work they do, is pretty sweet & can be high tech from the future, or extremely simple, that looks like been around 100 years😊. It's cool to watch, but I'd definitely wouldn't want to work in a place like that, especially if in a location where temp outside can easily reach 100°F or more.... Too hot for me!

  • Henrik Rónai
    Henrik Rónai 4 months ago

    4:55 if you get bored of this you could become a singer too :D Your voice is probably better than most auto tuned readily sold pop singer anyways

  • josh robinson
    josh robinson 4 months ago

    Add a vent hole. Some talc powder will keep the sand from sticking

  • Adrian Charron
    Adrian Charron 4 months ago

    You should watch TKOR (TheKingOfRandom)

  • Mikey J Nettles
    Mikey J Nettles 4 months ago

    Thin the sand out before you hit it with the burner. A really thin layer would dry so much faster

  • Vergel Subang
    Vergel Subang 4 months ago

    Another useless ideas?

  • Erik_ Flom_
    Erik_ Flom_ 4 months ago

    Holy moly how tough is your drill bit !?! Bronze is really hard to drill!

  • alkipop pop
    alkipop pop 4 months ago

    A paint brush wouldn’t hurt when cleaning the sand off the mold.. just a bit of advise for a cleaner product..and instead of a tube a funnel like structure would probably be better so that the molten metal isn’t wasted

  • Patrick Finton
    Patrick Finton 4 months ago

    Making my way through your videos as the YT algorithm sees fit, so i'm not sure if you've mastered the sand molding yet. I ran across an antique tool maker who showed a lot of the finer nit-picky details in making his mold. Video is about a hypothetical bronze age drill (link is timestamped for the mold) thexvid.com/video/OtWVA7_9Rik/video.html?t=2m59s
    Edit: Forgot to mention, loving the channel!

  • Gabriel Elezaj
    Gabriel Elezaj 4 months ago

    Each grain was TORCHerd
    Sry for the terrible pun

  • Rex Jensen
    Rex Jensen 4 months ago

    Can u do a cast of an anvil

  • heartfang21
    heartfang21 4 months ago

    I'd like to see Alec return to this clip; if just to grind it flat and buff it a bit - maybe leave it a bit matte.

  • friendly
    friendly 4 months ago

    Your father must be a great person.

  • Abhimanyu SADAFUL
    Abhimanyu SADAFUL 4 months ago

    It is a bit late maybe you already figure it out, and I am not a specialist, but pouring liquid and filling the gap from the bottom will allow air to come from the top

  • JJ Anderson
    JJ Anderson 4 months ago

    That was a hell of a hammer handle catch 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  • Rabindra Mahabeer
    Rabindra Mahabeer 4 months ago

    Maybe someone asked this, but why didn't you cast your "touch mark"?

  • pshycoterz NA
    pshycoterz NA 4 months ago

    why not use 3D Styrofoam

  • b17fortress
    b17fortress 4 months ago

    If it dosent work hit it with a hammer if that dosent work hit it with a bigger hammer if that dosent work ... FIRE

  • Jonathan M Plus
    Jonathan M Plus 4 months ago

    put a piece of styrofoam and the molten metal will melt it away and replace it so u never have to remove the original piece from the mold(also wjen using this method u use dry sand)

  • Areg Gessas
    Areg Gessas 4 months ago

    Over the past 8 months you have probably learned how to dry sand but you can put it in your oven and let that run for a few hours to dry the sand. The amount you run it in your oven depends a bit on how much sand but a couple hours is often enough.

  • GreyCore
    GreyCore 4 months ago

    FIY when something burns you most often get 3 products: heat, smoke and WATER vapor.
    It would be way more effective if you for example fried the sand in a frying pan.
    Although why am i even trying to say that if you arent going to read this, or you already know what to do and it works way better...