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Metal Crafts-Pewter-Beginners
Peweters guild introduction to basic pewter casting
Created by the Peweters guild of the Kingdom of An Tir. Designed to get to the point where they can make a basic two part soapstone mold. BEST SINGLE RESOURCE

Metal Crafts-Pewter-Beginners- Classes
Pewter mold carving and casting class:
Photos from a class. Here is the description. Learn how to easily and cheaply produce small tokens, jewelry and dress accessories the way it was done in the Middle Ages. Students will learn about the use of pewter tokens, badges and trinkets in the 14th and 15th centuries, and will have the opportunity to produce a small piece of their own, carving a soapstone mold and casting it themselves. Instructors will provide soapstone for a mold, metal for casting, all tools, dust masks and a handout of period examples."

Metal Crafts-Pewter-Enameling
Decorating pewter with enamel

From the Ganoksin site, a tremendous jewlery resource.
This is short thread on how to give pewter an enamel like finish. Since true enamel is created at temperatures hotter than the melting point of pewter epoxy resin alternatives have to be used.
Note, to see the next message in the thread click "Thread Next".
For more information search Ganoksin for either Durenamel or Cold Enameling. Be sure to choose "The Orchid Archives - Entire" when searching.
Also, try Googling "Cold Enamel"
Ganoksin

Provided by Rio Grande suppliers, this gives a simple overview of the process of using Durenamel.
NOTE: Rio Grande sells Durenamel but you have to register with them to see their online catalog.
Using Durenamel Successfully

Metal Crafts-Pewter-Information
Finishing Dot Com - Create patina on pewter
This is an article for creating patina's on pewter.

Pewter Melting point information.
Various Pewter alloy mixes and their melting temperatures.

Downloadable Metalsmithing videos
A couple of downloadable videos for learning pewter craft.

Welcome to Guillaume and Christiana's Pewtering Wonderland!
To all who see these presents, we send greetings to our humble collection of information on pewter casting (pewtering). My lady wife and I have created this site to post the pewter casting information we have researched and taught.

Metal Crafts-Pewter-Molds- 3-Part
Portal: Making a button in a 3 part mold
A discussion on the Northshield list produced several samples of how to make a 3 part mold for buttons. The original question involved the best way to make the shank. While some talked about gluing on a shank, the consensus was that the shank can be cast. Here are several examples as well as a great overview from Lord Dahrien.
From T(Wa)HL Dahrien Cordell You asked how to make a button with a loop for thread on the back. The replies I've seen so far fall into two categories: 1) adding a pre-made ring to the cast button, and 2) casting a button with an integral loop.
Adding a pre-made ring is more work in the long run, whether you add it afterward with epoxy or with a bent-over tab cast with your button or some other way -- more work with every button you make. Carving your mold to include a loop is a bit more carving work up-front, once; after that, you have no extra work when you cast. Just pour, pop, and remove the sprue, as you have to anyway.
I'm referring you to two bitmaps, one that I just made to show you 3-piece mold design for buttons & pins, and one I already had to show a gasket to use as part of a mold for a shape like french cuff links. I think you'll readily see how to further adapt them for other sorts of protrusions off of a cast piece.
(Here are the illustrations he refers to)
Click here to find the article and pictures.

Some nice photos including 3 piece mold. You can see how the person cast the loops as part of the button.
Photos of mold

Here is an article about molds made from cuttlefish bone with some elaborate examples of multi-piece molds
Advanced Mold

A toy knight cast from a 3 piece mold
Toy Knight

Metal Crafts-Pewter-Molds- Beginners
Casting Example
A simple page with a complete walk through of the process of making a mold and casting a button.

Metal Crafts-Pewter-Molds- Examples
Making small, inexpensive cast fittings from Pewter
A step by step guide to creating a mold and casting. Uses modern materials but still a good overview of the process.

Metal Crafts-Pewter-Molds- Plaster
Making a two part plaster mold of a head
This is a step by step for making a more complex plaster mold. In this case a bust of the evil King Ash from the "Evil Dead" trilogy movies. Not really appropriate for small metal castings, but a great movie.

Metal Crafts-Pewter-Molds- Soapstone
Portal: Soapstone Molds
Plaque belt construction using soapstone pewter castings. Very detailed page on how the whole process was done.
Heraldic Plaque Belt 14th-15th Century

This has a good overview of the process of making and using a stone mold. Lots of historical information.
Viking Soapstone

Some folks describe how they did their first molds. Good simple overview.
Pewter Casting in soapstone molds.

Stone Shaper: Tthis is geared towards 3-D sculpture, but has some beginner tips.
How to Sculpt stone

Mister Art: A place to buy a starter kit and basic tools.
Stone Carving Tools

Stoneman Distributors: A source that received several recommendations from others. They offer starter kits as well as stone and tools.
Stoneman Distributors

Metal Crafts-Pewter-Molds- Supplies
Hobby Cast
Hobby Cast: Casting Resins, Silicone Rubber, and Mold making Materials.
The material here is mostly for casting epoxy, wax or clay. But can be used for pewter casting or making molds to create wax models for lost wax casting.
Hobby Cast

MINIATURE MOLDS: Their main products are molds for miniature figures. They have information on how to make your own molds as well as materials. Check the link for "Make Your Own Molds".
MINIATURE MOLDS

Metal Crafts-Pewter-Pilgrim Badges- Examples
Online collection of Pilgrim Badges (Click the English flag icon)
The University of Nijmegen Centre for Art History has a fabulous online collection of Pewter badges.
The native language is Dutch but there is an English Language version. When you go to the site click on the tiny English flag at the top center of the page.

Metal Crafts-Pewter-Pilgrim Badges- Information
Introduction to Pilgrim Badges
This is an RTF document that gives an overview of pilgrimage souvenirs.

Stefan's Florilegium - pilgrim-badges- msg - 12/25/04
Typical florilegium guide with lots of links and miscellaneous info.

Late medieval pilgrim badges
This series of web pages is intended to serve as a general introduction to the material objects that can be generally grouped together as "late medieval pilgrim badges." At the heart of this group of objects are small badges intended to be worn upon the hat or clothes, often depicting a particular saint or pilgrimage destination, and (apparently) serving as a souvenir or certification of the pilgrimage undertaken. But a number of badges of similar manufacture are clearly secular in nature, and the generic term "pilgrim badge" is applied to both sacred and secular badges.

Medieval Badges - Wearable Art
Medieval badges were small cast metal pieces with an integral pin designed to be worn, frequently on a hat or an exposed collar.
I'm interested in figuring out the words used to name them in the Middle Ages - how those words may help us understand how badges functioned in the contexts in which they were worn and exchanged. A small pin worn on clothing is often but not always visible; though some badges were worn publically, there were other pieces which may have been worn inside or under layered cloth, and that possibility exists for any of them.

Metal Crafts-Pewter-Pilgrim Badges- Shop
Billy and Charlies Finest Quality Pewter Goods
Decorative Brooches, Pilgrim badges and household goods. Mainly 13th - 15th century.

Gaukler Medieval Wares
Gaukler Medieval Wares makes jewelry and metalwork in ancient and medieval styles, using the methods and materials of the past. I do custom work, as long as the design is medieval or earlier. We also sell authentic ancient and medieval antiquities.

Metal Crafts-Pewter-Suppliers- Finished Products
Lion Heart Replicas
Though a replica company, they also have a good little history of pewter in England along with some period drawings of pewter making.

Treasure Cast
At TreasureCast.com we produce jewelry, cloak clasps, pins, pendants, buttons and buckles. Our pieces use Celtic, Renaissance, Viking and Pirate designs. Some of the items we produce include:

Metal Crafts-Pewter-Suppliers- Metal
Recommendations for Suppliers

Rotometals
Highly respected. I personally have purchased from them. Recommend. Good source for buying pewter mixes in one pound lots or larger.

Recommendations for Suppliers from Lord Stefan of Stefans Florilegium from his pewter class handout:
My pewter now comes from: Hallmark Metal Co (hallmark.metal@juno.com) 1-888-467-8000 http://www.hallmarkmetalscorp.com/ 'http://www.hallmarkmetalscorp.com/'
MPK is a Tin/Copper/Bismuth/Silver alloy melts 5-600 degrees F., $7.75 lb. 928 is a Tin/Antimony/Copper alloy melts 550-650 degrees F., $7.25 lb.
Call before ordering as this material is a commodity and varies from day to day. The price of some of the materials has one up drastically in the last year or two. This price is almost double what I paid as recently as 2005.
The pewter comes in 7 pound bars, which are notched for cutting into three pieces. If you ask, they will cut them at the factory.
There are also a number of pewter sources given in this file in the CRAFTS section of the Florilegium: pewter-msg (22K) 2/ 8/08 Pewter in period. References. Sources.
If you need to buy it locally, as someone else mentioned, lead-free plumbers solder is probably your best bet. It also has the advantage that being available in 1 pound spools, you can simply roll off how much you need and not have to melt 2 pound ingots in a 1 pound pot. It will be more expensive.
Stefan -------- THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas
StefanliRous@austin.rr.com
Here are some other references from the online community:
Purity Casting Alloys LTD 604-888-0181
They sell "Lead Free Pewter" (92% Tin, 7% Antimony, 1% Copper).
Their price typically includes shipping from Vancouver. They sell by the pound, ship in small (under 1# bars), and they don't seem to have a minimum order. Their prices have tended to be pretty good on smaller quantities, but since they don't (or did not last I checked) offer volume discounts, they are not competitive on larger amounts where prices are reduced, and shipping is less of an issue. Note: as of 12/07 they had a 25# minimum order.


Rio Grande Jewelry Supply 800-545-6566
They sell catalog number 750031 (92% Tin, 7.5% Antimony, .5% Copper)
They sell nominal 5.5# bars, and you can order as little as 1 bar. Their prices are typically high, but they don't change them very often. So if tin prices skyrocket, their (old un-raised) prices seem more reasonable for a while. But, if they raise their price before the price drops. then their prices can seem astronomical in comparison to others. They offer price breaks at 10 bars (55#) and at 20 bars (110#.).
Ney Metals 718-389-4900
They sell Alloy B-7 (92% Tin, 7.5% Antimony, 5% Copper)
Ney is up in New York State. They sell bars that they call 5#. But typically they come in under that in weight (a 12 bar box typically weighs about 55- 56#). But you will be charged by the actual weight sent. I've never had them ship less than 12 bars, so I'm not sure what their minimum order may be, or how their pricing might look at under 55 pounds. They do give additional discounts at 100#. I spent a number of years where they were my primary supplier before Hallmark started being regularly cheaper.


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