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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby bigjohn » Tue Jan 24, 2017

These turned out great, congrats!
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Postby PitBullion » Tue Jan 24, 2017

Much Appreciated John! I really try hard!
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Postby Rik Bitter » Wed Feb 08, 2017

Yowza!

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Postby zubie » Sat Mar 18, 2017

Just got some new PB bars! Nice job Mike!! Thx Tim

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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby PitBullion » Sun Mar 19, 2017

Thanks Zubie! That 20 ouncer is so fun to pour and I love the way it comes out. Just added a bunch of new pours on pitbullionlv.com
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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby Rik Bitter » Sat Aug 11, 2018

I noticed Pit's store was closed on Monday and I went back today and it's still closed. Anyone know what's up?
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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby PitBullion » Sat Aug 11, 2018

Hey Rik!
I injured my elbow pretty bad a few months ago. Worked with my left for a while and injured that too. So I'm pretty much worthless at the moment. Had to shut down the shop because I just cant physically do it anymore. I'm hoping to reopen in a couple months.
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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby bigjohn » Sat Aug 11, 2018

PitBullion wrote:Hey Rik!
I injured my elbow pretty bad a few months ago. Worked with my left for a while and injured that too. So I'm pretty much worthless at the moment. Had to shut down the shop because I just cant physically do it anymore. I'm hoping to reopen in a couple months.

So sorry to hear this brother. Hope you get better and start pouring soon! Love your pours
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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby Rik Bitter » Sat Aug 11, 2018

Sorry to hear that. What did you do to your elbow to injure it so bad?

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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby PitBullion » Sat Aug 11, 2018

All the dang hammering making bars lol. Really wrecked myself. Thanks guys
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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby MaxGravy » Sat Aug 11, 2018

PitBullion wrote:All the dang hammering making bars lol. Really wrecked myself. Thanks guys


I don't think most people realize how difficult it is to pour and stamp silver. Stamping is loud and physically demanding. Pouring is potentially dangerous. I poured one 20oz bar and was terrified of spilling the molten silver on my foot. If it were easy everyone would do it.

Godspeed to a quick recovery sir!

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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby tigerwoodz » Sat Aug 11, 2018

MaxGravy wrote:I poured one 20oz bar and was terrified of spilling the molten silver on my foot. If it were easy everyone would do it.


I am fascinated with those pouring videos, and every time I watch them, my brain is going "NOPE NOPE NOPE don't even try it!"

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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby GtiKyle » Sat Aug 11, 2018

Get better soon. Some pretty cool looking stuff you got going there.

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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby escher » Sun Aug 12, 2018

PitBullion wrote:All the dang hammering making bars lol. Really wrecked myself. Thanks guys


Sorry to hear it. Did you have any prior injuries from sports, or was it all caused only by silversmithing?

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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby escher » Sun Aug 12, 2018

MaxGravy wrote:I poured one 20oz bar and was terrified of spilling the molten silver on my foot.

Using your own equipment or someone else's?

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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby MaxGravy » Sun Aug 12, 2018

escher wrote:
MaxGravy wrote:I poured one 20oz bar and was terrified of spilling the molten silver on my foot.

Using your own equipment or someone else's?


At YPS: http://www.bullionstacker.com/viewtopic.php?f=98&t=10070&p=527047#p527047

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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby escher » Sun Aug 12, 2018

MaxGravy wrote:
escher wrote:
MaxGravy wrote:I poured one 20oz bar and was terrified of spilling the molten silver on my foot.

Using your own equipment or someone else's?


At YPS: http://www.bullionstacker.com/viewtopic.php?f=98&t=10070&p=527047#p527047


Cool! Is that furnace a restive or inductive type? Also, is it vacuum/argon? I didn't see any dissolved oxygen coming out of the silver even though you poured without a reducing flame.

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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby MaxGravy » Sun Aug 12, 2018

escher wrote:
MaxGravy wrote:
escher wrote:
MaxGravy wrote:I poured one 20oz bar and was terrified of spilling the molten silver on my foot.

Using your own equipment or someone else's?


At YPS: http://www.bullionstacker.com/viewtopic.php?f=98&t=10070&p=527047#p527047


Cool! Is that furnace a restive or inductive type? Also, is it vacuum/argon? I didn't see any dissolved oxygen coming out of the silver even though you poured without a reducing flame.


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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby MaxGravy » Sun Aug 12, 2018

That video was actually David pouring the bar. I did one just like it, but not nearly as gracefully. I also bumped the inside of the kiln and broke the heating element. :shifty:

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Re: The Pit Bulletin

Postby escher » Sun Aug 12, 2018

^ lol. I looked closely and I think the furnace is resistive (there's a heating wire that gets hot), but I still don't understand how you're not getting oxygen coming out of the silver because it doesn't seem to be an evacuated chamber.

Here's another silver pour; you can see all the oxygen coming out of the bar as it solidifies:

https://youtu.be/IeLczpPCqV8?t=947

Normally, you might heat the silver with a reducing flux (to prevent it oxidizing) unless you're applying a torch flame directly (in which case the oxygen is consumed and doesn't have a chance to be absolbed in the silver). You might also pour in the presence of a reducing flame: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxidizing ... ing_flames

I'll see if I can find a better description in a metallurgy book.


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