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    Regarding your concerns about pouring molten pewter - drip some solder onto a piece of thin card (on a heat-resistant surface). See how big the blob needs to be to burn through.
    You could use some sheet copper to back up the card or tape to act as a heatsink too, but I think that might be overkill.

    It'll be interesting to see if you get a response on the woodworking forum; as you say, it's quite an old thread.

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    I had a thought Peter. It’s not that i’m afraid of hot metal … i do stained glass and i weld steel so it’s not new, i’m just a bit anxious about trying to form and pour a ring 360* around a handle.

    But … i bet i can get a scrap of wood, route a groove 1/8” deep x 1/8” wide and a little longer than the circumference. Pour the molten pewter into that, let it cool, pop it out and cold form it into a ring on the handle. If nothing else it would be fun to try.

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    Thought i would check back in. I know i don’t quite belong here, but you have given good advice and i wanted to give feedback. After looking at the other sites you referenced i have decided to go ahead and pour new rings.

    I went to the local Goodwill store (do you know what that is?) and found a salt & pepper shaker set that’s about 5” high, stamped ‘pewter’ on the bottom. Apparently it was some kind of award, the salt shaker is engraved with CCVA 1971. $5 for the set. Looks like it has a wood inner shell and the pewter is a veneer, but between the two i should have plenty of raw material.

    Might be a while, but i will post the results.

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    What i started with Ö a little deconstruction Ö 9-7/8 oz of pewter.
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    Is pewter the same as lead as in a terrible contaminant for silver and not worth having in your workshop if you work with silver? Ö N

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    Modern pewter is lead free and mostly tin Nick, but still nasty to have around precious metals. Dennis.

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    Cheers Dennis, Oh yes I would never be fastidious enough to have both in my workshop … N

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