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Re: Making good use of beer cans: Again
Posted by: vairsUPnorth ()
Date: February 15, 2018 08:36PM

American Mel Wrote:
> The Renault emblem was done in resin.
> The Dauphine was taken to a foundry and done there
> with a mold made by them.
> Probably sand or clay cast?

It is evident that Richard used the original emblem as a loose pattern for green sand molding. The foundry was concerned that the bars between the lettering would not fill out with metal because they were thin and prone to freezing off. Apparently the foundry WAS using melted down beer cans for metal. This is not a very good casting alloy because it is fairly pure and thus has a higher melting point and lower fluidity.

Dale Dewald
Lab (Foundry) Assistant
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI

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Re: Making good use of beer cans: Again
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: February 18, 2018 06:28AM

This week has been busy with friends and BBQ's, with Carnaval week and all, with 4 different families visiting with up to 19 people staying in the house at a time.

Yes, the foundry uses a clay/sand type mix (secret) and pour in the melted beer cans as well as any other recycled aluminum of the day. Their biggest sales are in plaques for buildings or cemeteries, but they also make brass and aluminum end pieces and rings for cast iron gates.

In the end I did not use any of the resin lettering,

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