What is Pewter? It’s a silver coloured metal alloy containing over 90% tin with 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.
This is a 4 day course:
Experiment with different waxes to make a small sculpture to cast. You may also bring in a wax you have already made to cast
Add casting ‘runners’ and ‘risers’ to your wax sculptures in preparation for casting, then make plaster moulds burn out in an oven.
Cast in pewter and clean up your casts.
Finish your artwork, polishing patination, welding and cold working of pewter. How to set up your own pewter casting works.
It is essential to wear old clothes and strong footwear.
Beginners and those more experienced are welcome!
The cost of this course includes 1 kilo of pewter, any additional will be charged at £32 per kilo
Course cost: £300
Course dates: Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th, Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February 2020
Course times: 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
Number of places available: 12