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
Pewter mold carving and casting
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."
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"
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
Finishing Dot Com - Create patina on pewter
This is an article for creating patina's on pewter.
Pewter Melting point
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.
Here is an article about molds made from cuttlefish bone with some elaborate examples of multi-piece molds
A toy knight cast from a 3 piece mold
A simple page with a complete walk through of the process of making a mold and casting a button.
Making small, inexpensive cast fittings from
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
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.
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
This has a good overview of the process of making and using a stone mold. Lots of historical information.
Some folks describe how they did their first molds. Good simple overview.
Pewter Casting in soapstone
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.
Metal Crafts-Pewter-Molds- Supplies
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
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".
Metal Crafts-Pewter-Pilgrim Badges-
Online collection of Pilgrim Badges (Click the English flag
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
Metal Crafts-Pewter-Pilgrim Badges-
Introduction to Pilgrim
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.
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-
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.
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.
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
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 (email@example.com) 1-888-467-8000
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.
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.
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas
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
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.