In this photo the metal is being melted in preparation for casting
During the entire casting process one must exercise due care to avoid the hazards involved. Make certain to provide good ventilation for lead vapors are toxic. The metal must be completely dry before being placed in the melting pot for any moisture will instantly vaporize creating an explosion of molten metal. Eye protection and heavy gloves must be worn to protect from spatter and heat. By implementing these few precautions casting can be accomplished safely and enjoyably.
The metal solidifies almost instantly upon being poured into the mold. As this photo depicts, I drop the sinkers on a piece of heavy cardboard to cushion their fall for they are still soft as they come from the mold.