Cast them yourself. You can use High Temp Silicon rubber molds, melt
pewter on a hotplate, pour your buttons. Get pewter from metal
suppliers (in San Francisco, ROTO METALS), mold rubber from mfgrs. or
other suppliers (Michael Knight FEKnight@ziplink.net has materials
that would do fine for you), cast iron pot to melt in, cast iron or
other steel ladle to pour the molten metal. Books are available from
jewelry suppliers on casting pewter, I am sure you could find
something at Amazon or one of the other book sellers on the net. If
you are looking for companies, I might be interested, but also look at
Thomas Register on the net. Ask metal sellers, ask jewelry suppliers.
Terria Cast in Santa Rosa CA might be interested or Baker Art foundry
in Oakland, CA (ask for George). Pewter and silver are different.
Pewter is lower melting temp. (about 600 F), softer, harder to solder
(if you don’t do it a lot). Silver hast ot be investment cast, pweter
in high temp rubber of investment. Pewter is about $7.00 per pound.
Many formulas for pewter, some are high in lead (not in the USA but in
other parts of the world). Pewter is mostly tin, with small %'s of
Antimony or lead or ?? to make the time behave differently for
Hope this helps. Have fun and just try it.
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