Back last March, I video recorded the gold melting and casting that took place in our local Forest Temple. I've finally edited it to my satisfaction and it is posted below, at bottom.
Ajan Boon Long’s gold Buddhas melting had to do with a weekend-long event at the temple where gold jewelry was melted down to form high-grade gold Buddhas – the biggest one now sits front and center in our temple. Thai jewelry has a high resale value as very little of it is below 22 karats; 24 being the purest you can get. Fourteen and eighteen karat gold are not even considered by the average Thai – rich and poor alike, mostly because of its far lesser resale value.