The Process

We use a centrifugal pewter casting to manufacture our items. Here's an outline of the process.
  1. Design and Sculpting

    We coordinate with you to realize your design. You can either explain to us what you have in mind or supply your own model or artwork. We are happy to offer advice regarding developing an original design suitable for reproduction in pewter. We generally use polymer clay on metal armatures to sculpt our rough models since it can withstand the heat and pressure of the mold making process, however other materials can also be used for the originals.

  2. Making The Molds

    Our molds are made from vulcanized black rubber. Pewter requires multiple models of the same piece to achieve the lowest production cost. This is done by making a master mold, then producing multiple copies of the same piece which are subsequently detailed further and put into a single production mold. Gates and vents are hand cut into the molds so that the molten pewter will flow through them properly.

  3. Casting

    Molten pewter is ladled into the center of the rubber mold that has been mounted in the casting machine. Centrifugal force spins the pewter outwards, into the cavities.

  4. After Casting

    The mold is removed from the casting machine and allowed to cool. The pieces are separated and then any excess metal still connected to the pewter pieces is carefully removed. Good castings are set aside for finishing and the remaining pewter is placed back into the melting pot to be used again.

  5. Finishing

    The pieces are then buffed on cloth wheels to remove sharp edges and to heighten the surface luster. Many of our items are then placed into a vibrating finishing machine to produce a high gloss finish. Other finishes include hand polished satin and antiqued patina finishes.

  6. The Completed Item

    Here's an example of a completed item, ready to be packaged for retail.