Although the hubby and I have been completely entrenched this year in the company we own and operate together, we have each taken moments to 'play' and create a few things.
Although I prefer to play with pearls, gemstones and beads,
Mike likes melting pewter and making pendants and components for me to mix into my designs.
He researches the makers marks of the pieces he purchases before melting them; photographing them and logging their story; making sure the pieces he's 're-cycling' are lead and nickel free.
There's some pieces he finds that are just too old, too unique or have too much history to melt down.
Hand-pouring pewter is the 'old-way' of creating pewter pieces. It's not as precise as other forms of casting pieces can be. It takes practice and lots of patience.
There's lots of 'do-overs' and 're-melts'.
Getting into the zone and pouring just the right amount of the hot, molten pewter at the exact moment is an art form in itself.
We won't mention (very loudly) that he didn't start out with any traditional (or modern) melting, finishing supplies or casting items.
|Hey, having a beer helps! :-)|
Nope. That wouldn't be Mike.
It basically started out like this:
Mike: "Hey, I think I'm going to melt some pewter and see what happens. Doesn't that sound fun?"
Me: "How ya gonna do that? Do you have the right equipment?"
Mike: "I don't know. I got a torch. That'll work, right?"
Me: "Um, I guess so. Are you melting it just to watch it melt or are you going to make it into something?"
Mike: "Yep, probably."
Me: "Oh Lord! Please don't burn the house down!"
Mike: "I'll be in the garage."
Me: "Please move my car first!" "Seriously,...."
So, after months (probably a good year or so) of playing with his torch and watching it melt and hammering it into funky shapes, having it splatter up onto his clothes and his work glasses (thank God he was wearing some eye protection!!), burning his hands, dripping it onto the carpet beneath the work bench and ruining several antique ladles (and other things), he's finally getting his technique down; working with actual 'tools' (so to speak) and products used for such things as melting, casting and creating pewter pieces.
I'm partial to pieces that are 'old world' and rustic looking so Mike's style of pouring pewter and the way he gets the pieces to come out is right up my alley and fits nicely with many of the designs and ideas I have tucked away in my brain.
Yep! Gotta love it, don't ya?!!
|"Skull-e-ten" Key, and 'Lunar" Ankh (Lunar = like the surface of the moon)|
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Melting, Making and Creating!