Pewter (tin and other alloying metals) is oftem used but it is not
nearly as strong as silver or bronze, it is also much softer thus
it will ware out much faster. Can be patinated with (I think ???)
a solution of Alum and Sulfuric acid mixed together, very diluted.
If you contact a pewter supplier, I am sure they could tell you
what can be used for coloration. Some pewter shops use a sprayable
graphite in a shellac/laques carrier that they spray on and buff
off to a point that they like. This process colors (consistantly)
is stable and seals the piece all in one process. With the
chemical process, the color varies, it can keep on coloring past
the place you would like it to stop and you should seal the colored
Other processes for the buckles is aluminum (haey, it’s
white!!) and zinc based metals (these are the “true” white cast
metals). I personally don’t like either for buckles but I am just
Roto Metals in San Francisco carries Pewter (415-392-3285),
they have MANY types.
Hope this is helpful.
John and Cynthia/MidLife Crisis Enterprises
Maiden Metals/C. T. Designs/ Bloomin’ Wax Works. etc.
PO Bx 44, Philo
Ph 707-895-2635 FAX 707-895-9332
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