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We turn from forging to melting iron in issue #104 with a cupolette. Melting iron in small batches for making sculpture, machine parts and tools such as swage blocks is possible with a cupolette. Illustrations show two different kinds and how it works.

If you've ever had trouble with your smithing magician staying firmly put in a hardy hole, then a mounting system detailed this month might be the solution to your problem. It features a wedge that holds the tool to a shock-absorbing wooden block.

Smithing Magician #3 is a variation that is easier to make than all the rest. All that's needed is a drill press, torch and a little time. The bottom die block in this version rests against the anvil face for a solid back-up.

The latest C2k gate update shows a last minute change in the design. The change eliminates steel plates that were originally part of the design and replaces them arched components and finials.

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville is the focus of this month's ToolCrib. The art department sculpture studio is divided into three shops for welding, forging and foundry work. A cupolette like the one featured in the Journal is used by students for casting iron.