How to make lead nitrate from pure lead

Is it possible to add copper nitrate solution and lead so that a single displacement reaction occurs to yield lead nitrate. I recently melted lead and added cooper nitrate to the molten lead. I then collected the copper nitrate solution I had poured and repeated the process of melting the lead and pouring the solution over it. I figured that eventually the copper will be displaced by the slightly more reactive lead. Will this method yield lead nitrate?

$\ce{Pb + 2HNO_3 -> Pb(NO_3)2 + H_2}$
$\ce{PbO + 2HNO_3 -> Pb(NO_3)2 + H2O}$