How to Make Pewter Pendants

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How to Make Pewter Pendants
Make a custom pewter pendant for yourself or as a thoughtful gift. (Jewellery box image by dimis from

Pewter is an easy material to work with because it is a alloy that can be easily cut or moulded. Pewter is made of a mixture of tin and other metals like silver, copper and antimony. Tin should be the dominant metal in the mix with no traces of lead. Originally pewter contained lead in it, which caused it to easily tarnish. Antique pewter jewellery doesn't keep its shine as well as today's pewter jewellery. The soft consistency of the metal makes it easy to work with, allowing for creative handcrafted pieces.

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Things you need

  • Pewter sheet
  • Tin snips
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Ultra fine sandpaper
  • Hammer
  • Nail

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  1. 1

    Visit a jewellery supplier. Buy a pewter sheet. Good quality pewter will have a ratio of at least 90 per cent tin and no lead.

  2. 2

    Create the pendant you want. Make a design that can be easily cut. For example, a heart, star or your initial would work best.

  3. 3

    Take a pencil and draw the design on the pewter. For more accuracy, draw the shape on a piece of paper first, cut the image out of paper and then trace the shape onto the pewter

  4. 4

    Use tin snips to cut the pendant. Tin snips cut smooth, which will maintain the integrity of your design.

  5. 5

    Sand the edges of the charm with ultra fine sandpaper. This will smooth out any jagged edges.

  6. 6

    Place a nail on the centre of the pendant and hammer the nail through the pendant. Remove the nail and sand the hole to smooth the edges.

  7. 7

    Attach the pendant to a necklace of your choice.

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