Hey DIY, Where can I buy semi-thick metal foil? I need a small, thin sheet of metal for a project. It needs to be thin enough that I can write on it with a nail, but thick enough that it doesn't get pierced in the process. Any idea what a good thickness would be, or where I could buy some?
Pic related is what I'm planning on making for an Art Gened, a Roman Curse tablet
>what would I need to do to safely handle lead? gloves and mask? I see the appeal but it seems like it would be more trouble than it's worth.
Are you over 18, preferably over 21?
then dont eat it. Dont lick it. try not to rub it all over yourself like some fucking weirdo. Do not throw it into a furnace and breathe in deeply. Do not melt it and pour it over your head. Avoid using it as a trepanning tool to bore a hole in your skull...
wash your hands afterwards.
Its not fucking uranium, it isn't cyanide. its lead. its insoluble, and inert unless molten. you're using a sheet of metal, not forging it in the fires of Barad-Dur. its not fucking dangerous unless you're a child and have a habit of eating it.
FFS. The way you lot make out, its the most deadly thing on the planet. Its not. I grew up using lead and I'm perfectly FINE. Pic related.
Funny, I was going to suggest get some lead (wheel weights, fishing sinkers, cast 38 wadcutters from a buddy, whatever), a crappy cast iron skillet, put lead in skillet, put skillet over a fire in the back yard. Once it melts let it cool, cut into desired shape. Of course, that would entail melting it...
McMaster Carr sells lead sheet, too. Not the cheapest thing, but lots of choices in thickness and size. Personally, I'd shoot for 1/16" stuff and see what happens, but I'm cheap.
While you are mostly correct.
There are applications where lead sheet etc can be toxic in particular exposure to water. For example a roof tile where the rain water is gathered and later used as a potable source.
If you have had a prior exposure (lead poisoning) you should wear gloves.
Judging from your image, the authentic material would be lead sheet, or what we call flashing. Don't worry about handling it, just keep your hand out of your mouth while you're making it.