sevnson_71, on Mar 18 2009, 09:24 AM, said:
Well melting metal and making casting dyes isn't as easy as you think
There is a reason not everyone does it.
I was taught back in metalwork that metal, like everything else, has a grain, especially alloy metals. And that by casting metal, the grain of it will be random, while rolling it, either coldrolled or hotrolled, gives the metal a profile and a grain. And that is why casting is not perferred anymore.
Further to that, smithing metal provides the most control of the grain of the metal, you can taper it at the ends of the piece you are working on to allow for more durable points, stronger weld or bolt connections, etc.