Rule number one: get a set of inexpensive files for pewter/tin/lead
and never let them near your precious metals. It can eat pits at
silver solder temperatures. Also keep a separate file cleaner for
It melts in the 500F range, I frequently do demonstrations using a
charcoal brazier for the melt, and it's generally perfect for sand
and stone mold casting.
You can use silicon molds for repeat copies.
Wash your hands especially if you feel the insane need to deal with
real lead-tin pewter, decent ventilation is a good idea in general
(the tin isn't really an issue, but the antimony in the alloy isn't
something you really need a concentrated dose of).
Otherwise, especially for costume (theatrical costume, re enactors,
etc.) jewelry, the modern pewter alloy has a decent white color, and
generally doesn't grey tarnish like classic pewter. It is heavy,
though, a belt with a number of pewter findings is surprisingly
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