Has anyone ever tried or considered making their own Lead Weights?
Yes alanz for sea fishing i take it?. Always, you need some moulds first off, of the ones you want to make. Lead from a scrap dealer or any old fishing weights or maybe some old lead piping lying around. and the short/ long eye ends, or U shape clips remember the ends need a twist in them, bend them with pliers, to fit the mould, i use stainless steel welding rod 1.6 mm diameter. Please this is very dangerous to handle hot molten lead, and the fumes give off are toxic, so good ventilation, out doors is a must, not on your kitchen stove, get a burner or hire one and a pot and some tongs to make a batch of them. Next personal protection, safety glasses, leather gloves, boots and a leather apron, plumbers mat it is going to be hot and burn surfaces so protect them with a thick pieces of plywood sheet. Cut up the scrap lead, heat up the pot, place pieces of lead into the pot to melt. In the mean time get your mould ready if just a plain mould put a clip into the mould close it up together, remember the clips ends need to be bent. Depending on the mould, some close shut with a lock, some you need an old steel 4 inch G clamp it going to get hot so the paint will burn. The mould also need to be hot and dry, other wise the lead will not pour fully into the mould, once the mould is hot and the lead is hot put your protection on then you need to skim of the scum on top of the molten lead, so you have a nice clean silver head of hot lead and carefully pour into the mould, allow to cool, but it will still be hot, so be careful you can open the mould with leather gloves and see if it has pour good if has then start again place a new clip make sure the mould is hot again, clean the scum and pour, keep adding lead and repeat. If has not pour good the mould is not hot enough, not to worry because you can melt the bad ones down again. Hope this help just please be very careful.
You should have fished here, last week.