What is Pewter? It’s a silver coloured metal alloy containing over 90% tin with some other metals, copper and bismuth, to strengthen it. Traditionally it would contain lead but the pewter we use is lead free so it’s less toxic to melt and work.
Why use pewter? It’s a soft metal so it’s easy to cut and hammer. It can be cast in parts and easily welded together with a soldering iron. It polishes well to a silvery mirror finish.
What can you make with Pewter? Traditionally it was used for cups and plates but it can also be used to cast sculptures and is very good for making thin intricate work. It also works well combined with wood or stone.
What equipment do I need? Pewter has a low melting point (around 200 degrees) which means it can easily be melted on an electric cooking ring. You can cast your own work without having to use or set up a big metal casting foundry.
It is essential to wear old clothes and strong footwear.
Beginners and those more experienced are welcome!
Course dates: 16th, 23rd, 30th January and Friday 6th February 2015
Number of places available: 12
Tutor: Robert Worley (RCA)
To book: http://londonsculptureworkshop.org/casting-pewter-january-2014/