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Pewter Casting Safety

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

Protective Clothing

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.

Work Area

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.

Preheating Molds

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.

Warning

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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Rebekah Richards is a professional writer with work published in the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "Brandeis University Law Journal" and online at tolerance.org. She graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with bachelor's degrees in creative writing, English/American literature and international studies. Richards earned a master's degree at Carnegie Mellon University.