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Metal Alloy Chart

Type of MetalMelting Temp.Casting Temp.DetailsSuccess RateStrength of CastingMould life timePrice RangeAvailable fromComments
Modelmetal 140°C 300°C 100% 90% 50% 300-1000 High Prince August Stockists Best casting metal on the market
Standardmetal 230°C 325°C 80% 70% 50% 100-500 Medium Prince August Stockists An economical alternative to modelmetal.
5 Star Metal 230°C 325°C 90% 80% 50% 100-500 Medium Prince August Stockists All age groups can safely handle the castings from this alloy.
40% Tin/60% Lead 230°C 300°C 60% 60% 70% 100-500 Medium Some Hardware Stores A good all round metal
48% Tin/2% Antimony / 50% Lead 185°C 275°C 80% 70% 90% 200-1000 High A good all round metal Very fine metal finish. Suitable for antiqued figures.
Linotype Printers Metal 230°C 300°C 40% 40% 50% 100-500 Low Some Printers
Scrap Dealers
Recommended if you want quantity instead of quality
Monotype Printers Metal 230°C 300°C 60% 60% 40% 100-500 Low Some Printers
Scrap Dealers
Recommended if you want quantity instead of quality
Lead 230°C             Old Pipes
Old Bullets
Tyre Weights
Not Suitable
90% Lead / 10% Tin 230°C 300°C 40% 40% 50% 100-500 Cheap   If you have lead scrap you can add tin to make it into suitable casting metal.
2 parts Lead / 1 parts Modelmetal 220°C 300°C 45% 45% 50% 100-500 Cheap   If you have lead scrap you can add modelmetal to make it into suitable casting metal.
White Metal 185-275°C               All tin/lead alloys is called white metal. Might be suitable.
Pewter 240°C 300°C 20% 20% 90% 100-500 Very High Some Scrapdealers Not very suitable
1 part pewter
1 part lead
190°C 275°C 75% 65% 90% 200-1000 High Some Scrapdealers Very fine metal finish
Solder 180-230°C           Medium
High
Hardware
stores
Depending on alloy could be suitable.
Zinc                 Not suitable.
Aluminium                 Not suitable.
Iron                 Not suitable.
Use the Temperature Converter to convert
Farenhight to Celsius and Celsius to Farenhight
Enter the temperature and click on the "Calculate" button

°F   =   °C
This chart will give you and idea of what other low melting paint alloys you can use for casting. If you have some scrap metal in the form of lead flashing, tyre ballance weights, solder etc. After a bit of experimenting you can achieve satisfactory results particularly if you compromise a little on the quality to get a really large army. Ratings and lifetimes are only given as an average for all moulds. Certain moulds particularly the 54mm range and fantasy, are much more difficult to cast.