To melt, or not to melt?

~JM~
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Thursday, September 22, 2022, 19:03 (13 days ago)

I've been looking for pewter for casting use. Recently found these & I'm wondering if perhaps they are too nice to throw in the pot.

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What do you all think?

Not a caster. Pewter? Only you can decide.

Jeff Spencer
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Thursday, September 22, 2022, 19:46 (13 days ago) @ ~JM~

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pewter

Joepjs
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Friday, September 23, 2022, 11:38 (13 days ago) @ Jeff Spencer

If it is lead Pewter it is probably an antique and should be on a shelf as most art pewter in recent years has actually been aluminum casting posing as pewter. Most Williamsburg cast pewter plates and Goblets is Aluminum as the original in lead tended to poison the users.

DON'T!

JT
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Thursday, September 22, 2022, 19:55 (13 days ago) @ ~JM~

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Many years ago I found some old pewter

colleen reeder
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Thursday, September 22, 2022, 22:45 (13 days ago) @ ~JM~

plates and cut them into small squares and melted them down. The bullets I made from them were horrible. Not enough weight to even seal up the chamber on firing and a real waste of time. Plus those statues may well be collectors items. I wouldn't touch them. Leave them to a son or daughter. They might mean something to them rather than wasting them on a melting pot.

That was from me, not Colleen. For some reason this

colleen reeder
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Thursday, September 22, 2022, 22:46 (13 days ago) @ colleen reeder

computer is messed up.

You are correct, too nice to melt.

WB
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Friday, September 23, 2022, 07:50 (13 days ago) @ ~JM~

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Figured they might be...

~JM~
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Friday, September 23, 2022, 10:21 (13 days ago) @ WB

Too nice to alloy lead with.

I kind of like them.

Thanks.

Pewter can increase the hardness

Randy Barnett
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Sunday, September 25, 2022, 05:13 (11 days ago) @ ~JM~

Typical wheel weights have a hardness of around 11-12. Pewter is 23. Simply adding 1 lb of pewter to 9 lbs of wheel weights can take the hardness up to 14-15. A little pewter goes a long way.

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