Cast #074 - Aluminum Fire Ant Colony Casting

Aluminum Fire Ant Colony Cast #074 - Front Picture.
Ant Type: Fire Ants (Solenopsis genus)

Cast Number: #074
Created: 10/31/2014
Cast Weight: 5.1 lb

Cast Material: Aluminum
Cast Dimensions: 8.5"x9"x9" (HxWxL)

Base: 6"x8" Oval, 0.75" thick
Base Wood: Basswood

Mount: Bolt through base and cast
Orientation: Upside Down
I poured a cast before this one on the same day, Cast #073 and it didn't take in as much aluminum as it should have. When I poured this one, the same thing happened. Determined to get more aluminum in, I quickly made a second hole to pour in, which helped to fill more of the colony but I still wasn't able to get a full cast of the colony. The cast still looks great.

Making a second pour hole caused there to be two larger solid pieces in the final cast where the aluminum fills the pour hole. Most casts will only have one and it's usually well hidden. From the front view you can't see the pour stems, except where they attach to the base, but from the back and right the stems are more visible than usual.
Base Description
The base is basswood with a dark walnut Danish Oil stain, which is darker than the stain normally use. The cast is secured to the base with two 1/4 inch bolts.