Scorifier and handle
Hi, thought it would be a good idea to buy a scorifier and a handle for melting small amounts of silver. I can not work out how the two should go together, I bought the square style of scorifier and the correct handle, also if there are any directions for use or tutorials you could point me at I would be appreciative, thought it was a case of just add heat.
Last edited by Petal; 30-09-2009 at 07:26 AM.
If it's 999 926, I fit the scorifier into the handle (pouring spout to the side), close the jaws up to snug (not too much pressure) and tighten the wingnut. The springy bit then hooks over the side of the scorifier to keep it in place.
I had fun putting these together too - PS_Bond's instructions are the way I do it too though.
Originally Posted by bruggen
I have one on order so I am reading this in anticipation of knowing what to do with it
How spooky..... I received my tongs and scorifier from Cooksons yesterday and spent 3 hours last night trying to figure out how to put the darned thing together, finally admitted defeat and emailed Rob at Cooksons because I was too embarrassed to admit that I had been defeated by a ceramic dish.
However I went to the loo and my husband ( even though I told him that I could do it myself !! ) had picked up the blummin' thing and put it together in the time it took it me to have a wee !! I of course thanked him through gritted teeth. Actually I am convinced that it doesn't look right, but have spent 3 hrs this morning (wednesday = day off, kids at school = me time ) trying to melt some silver , but can't get it blinkin' hot enough so that it will pour, grrrrr !!!
Peter, thank you, I came to the same conclusion with regard to the way it went together, it just did not look right, I will (i think) bend or re-profile the triangle on the springy-thing, not as brave as JasonJohn, as I anticipate it may be a nuisance and Petal thanks for the links. I understand that the ceramic should be treated with Borax paste, is this also correct.
I'm having that problem too, even two torches together don't seem to get it hot enough. Both are a bit low on gas, so have ordered more, I'm attempting some cold water casting. Any tips from anyone?
Originally Posted by Lisa Quinn
I have certainly managed in the past to melt small amounts in a 2 inch one with the standard hand held torch and I found that it was necessary to move the flame around so that you are heating the scorifier first then when it is thoroughly hot concentrate the flame on the metal. I now use gas and air and obviously that is much quicker, achieving a higher heat in next to no time. I understand a lot of folks make a little booth affair with some fire bricks or old soldering blocks to reflect the heat back to the scorifier, I do not do this and regularly melt a 2" scorifier full of scrap. I am unsure if the borax that you are supposed to add just helps clean the metal or affects the way it absorbs the heat, it seems to me once the borax is added the melt is quicker, though that might be my imagination.
I always coat the inside of my new scorifiers with cookson argotect mixed with meths then heat well to form a glassy coating. This seems to aid the pouring of melted metal. I use a powder that could be borax it is just called "smelt poeder" with no info on content, I add a little of this to the metal as I melt, I believe it is supposed to collect the impurities, but not really sure.
Originally Posted by Kwant
Poor old Les
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