commenced to pouring sinkers again today, and in taking some of the advice you all have given me, i used some paraffin wax to help purify my lead. it worked well, however a little word of caution. a whole tea candle is to much. i thought it would just flare up a little, but instead i about caught myself on fire when it ignited and flared up about 4 feet. it was kinda funny since i didnt get hurt, but i thought i would pass that piece of info along to some of the other guys new to pouring lead. also i took some of your alls advice and brought my lead to a lower temp and cleaned it up a little bit better with the wax, and took my time pouring and let the molds cool a little more, my sinkers turned out quite a bit better.