Pewter refers to a metal alloy composed mostly of tin. Pewter has been in use for at least 2,000 years, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. Since liquefied pewter can cause dangerous burns, always follow safety guidelines while casting pewter.
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Always wear long sleeves, long trousers and closed-toe shoes. If possible, wear clothing made from natural fibres, since some synthetic fibres melt under high temperatures. Wear high-temperature gloves, safety goggles and a dust/particulate filter mask.
Make sure your work area is well-ventilated, clean, uncluttered and heat-resistant, since spills may occur. Molten pewter may ignite flammable materials, so check your area carefully before casting.
Always preheat moulds to ensure the mould is completely dry before casting. If moisture remains during casting, the moisture could explode into steam or break the mould.
Castings remain very hot for a long time. Do not touch new castings until you are certain they have cooled sufficiently.
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