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Posted by Simpl3Man2014
1/26/2018 10:39 AM
I started making my own jigs last year and I was just curious as to where you guys get your lead ingots? I am currently getting mine on ebay. Just wondering if there's some place local or somewhere that offers a better price to get them from.

Thanks in advance for your replies.
Posted by Pop-R
1/26/2018 11:22 AM
Just go to all the tire shops and tell them you will clean all the old wheel weights off their floor for them. Win Win
Posted by Simpl3Man2014
1/26/2018 11:25 AM
Hmmm. I actually like that idea. Thank you for the out-of-the-box response.
Posted by sdfd29
1/26/2018 11:47 AM
The only problem with the tire weights is that they are not a "soft" lead and will not pour is some molds. I have used tire weights and probably will not in the future. You can try some of the recycle shops, they may have some lead and it is reasonable. Plumbers lead and some sheet lead is available there, if no one has already bought it.

You will need to check the wheel weights, not all are lead. I had about 10% that were not lead when I melted mine down. They are usually dirty and will take some time and effort to get clean lead. I took half of a day to melt and clean the lead wheel weight that I used.

Make sure you treat your molds with either candle soot or "drop out" if you are not using the soft lead. Best of luck.
Posted by FishingwithRusty
1/26/2018 1:53 PM
i used to get lead from a junkyard, they had the big plates for weighting fork lifts and tractors. they'd chop it up into chunks that would fit in my pot, pretty cheap too
Posted by Simpl3Man2014
1/26/2018 2:28 PM
@sdfd29. Thank you for the info. I will try those other places out as well.

Edited by Simpl3Man2014 1/26/2018 2:31 PM
Posted by Simpl3Man2014
1/26/2018 2:29 PM
@FishingwithRusty Another good idea. Keep Em coming, guys!

Edited by Simpl3Man2014 1/26/2018 2:32 PM
Posted by bassncorey
1/26/2018 5:05 PM
I order mine through Jann’s Netcraft. It comes in 1pound blocks. You can get it from just about any tackle supply company.
Posted by Simpl3Man2014
1/26/2018 5:10 PM
@bassncorey Well, I’ve been getting them from a guy in California on eBay...how much do you get the 1 lb for there?

Edited by Simpl3Man2014 1/26/2018 5:11 PM
Posted by bassncorey
1/26/2018 8:03 PM
I get them for 2.99
Posted by Simpl3Man2014
1/26/2018 8:04 PM
bassncorey - 1/26/2018 9:03 PM

I get them for 2.99


Winner winner chicken dinner. I’ll be checking this place out. I paid a good bit more than this from eBay. Thanks dude.
Posted by bassncorey
1/26/2018 8:50 PM
They usually ship pretty quick too, I also use fishingskirts.com for my skirt material and hooks. They usually have orders shipped to the house within two days.

Edited by bassncorey 1/26/2018 8:51 PM
Posted by Simpl3Man2014
1/26/2018 9:33 PM
bassncorey - 1/26/2018 9:50 PM

They usually ship pretty quick too, I also use fishingskirts.com for my skirt material and hooks. They usually have orders shipped to the house within two days.


Yea I use fishingskirts.com for pretty much everything else.
Posted by TDobson
1/28/2018 6:10 PM
That is awesome idea
Posted by Kickerfish
1/31/2018 8:08 AM
I'm actually planning on getting into this myself. Any advice on the type of melt pot I get? Do you guys use the top or bottom pour?
Posted by bassncorey
1/31/2018 10:25 AM
I use both. I use a production (bottom pour) for jigs and a ladle pour (top) for buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. It makes it easier for me to pour around the wires.
Posted by sdfd29
1/31/2018 10:56 AM
I use a bottom pour pot. If I need to, I use a ladle to transfer the lead from it for the buzz baits and spinner baits. The only issue I have had is that I bought this in the early '80s and the spacing was not tall enough to fit all of the molds. I had to put some spacers on the pot so that the molds would fit. I think all of the newer pots do not have this issue.
Posted by Simpl3Man2014
1/31/2018 11:34 AM
Kickerfish - 1/31/2018 8:08 AM

I'm actually planning on getting into this myself. Any advice on the type of melt pot I get? Do you guys use the top or bottom pour?


Sounds like I’m a little less qualified to answer this than some of the other guys. I don’t pour anything other than jigs and I use a small top pour I got from tackle warehouse, which is where I also bought my molds. It can be a little tedious, but I’ve enjoyed it so far. There are several good videos on YouTube to help you get started. Milliken Fishing put this one out and I used it as a guide when getting started. Good luck.

https://youtu.be/B4LMqwU95rk
Posted by weims
1/31/2018 12:00 PM
I get old fittings from our public works department. Keep in mind that they will be dirty just like wheel weights. I melt them in an old pot and ladle off the trash so the won't foul my bottom pour. Once clean I use the recessed sides of a do-it mold to mold ingots till I need them.
Posted by Kickerfish
1/31/2018 12:03 PM
Simpl3Man2014 - 1/31/2018 11:34 AM

Kickerfish - 1/31/2018 8:08 AM

I'm actually planning on getting into this myself. Any advice on the type of melt pot I get? Do you guys use the top or bottom pour?


Sounds like I’m a little less qualified to answer this than some of the other guys. I don’t pour anything other than jigs and I use a small top pour I got from tackle warehouse, which is where I also bought my molds. It can be a little tedious, but I’ve enjoyed it so far. There are several good videos on YouTube to help you get started. Milliken Fishing put this one out and I used it as a guide when getting started. Good luck.

https://youtu.be/B4LMqwU95rk


That's exactly the video that's got me wanting to get started on this little adventure. He made it look so easy.
Posted by sdfd29
1/31/2018 4:20 PM
Look at http://www.tackleunderground.com/ wire baits forum. It has a lot of good information for the novice and experienced jig maker.
Posted by TDobson
2/3/2018 8:34 PM
yes it does look easy, but never is for me anyway
Posted by stiffler
2/12/2018 5:02 PM
All lead is dirty, the guys at Soddy bait and tackle taught me a trick a long time ago is two melt birthday candles in your lead pot and it will bring it to the top and you can skim it off.
Posted by Simpl3Man2014
2/13/2018 10:28 PM
Kickerfish - 1/31/2018 12:03 PM

Simpl3Man2014 - 1/31/2018 11:34 AM

Kickerfish - 1/31/2018 8:08 AM

I'm actually planning on getting into this myself. Any advice on the type of melt pot I get? Do you guys use the top or bottom pour?


Sounds like I’m a little less qualified to answer this than some of the other guys. I don’t pour anything other than jigs and I use a small top pour I got from tackle warehouse, which is where I also bought my molds. It can be a little tedious, but I’ve enjoyed it so far. There are several good videos on YouTube to help you get started. Milliken Fishing put this one out and I used it as a guide when getting started. Good luck.

https://youtu.be/B4LMqwU95rk


That's exactly the video that's got me wanting to get started on this little adventure. He made it look so easy.


Honestly, I watched it step by step a few times and then it was all a piece of cake from there. Share pics when you do make some. I’d love to see them.
Posted by Simpl3Man2014
2/13/2018 10:29 PM
sdfd29 - 1/31/2018 4:20 PM

Look at http://www.tackleunderground.com/ wire baits forum. It has a lot of good information for the novice and experienced jig maker.


Thank you for the info. I will check them out. Sorry for not responding sooner guys, for some reason I missed these notifications.
Posted by Simpl3Man2014
2/13/2018 10:31 PM
stiffler - 2/12/2018 5:02 PM

All lead is dirty, the guys at Soddy bait and tackle taught me a trick a long time ago is two melt birthday candles in your lead pot and it will bring it to the top and you can skim it off.


Yea, I just bought a box of regular candles from Walmart for .97 and it works great. I think it’s called fluxing. Makes my lead nice and shiny
Posted by dlsmith6
2/21/2018 12:12 PM
amazon has a 10 bag of RotoMetals Pure Soft Lead Nuggets ~10 Pounds for 43 bucks
Posted by Simpl3Man2014
2/21/2018 12:34 PM
dlsmith6 - 2/21/2018 12:12 PM

amazon has a 10 bag of RotoMetals Pure Soft Lead Nuggets ~10 Pounds for 43 bucks


I honestly didn't think about checking amazon for something like this ...thank you for the info
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