I am super proud of my guys! On Friday they gathered up every bit of scrap pewter that they could find in the shop. Although there are SO many things to love about working with pewter, there is also the side benefit that any imperfect piece, reject, over-run or broken fragment can be melted down and re-used!
The cost of pewter ingots is the main factor in setting the price of a finished piece. So anything we can do to keep those costs down helps everyone out.
It tooks 6 hours on Saturday for me to melt down all of the scrap. Into the melting pot it went and then I recast it into oval blocks. I just couldn’t drop in this sweet little anchor, however…
Last year, we had cast a few anchors – just for fun – for Rosella – our youngest daughter (who is a DG sorority girl). This was extra but somehow I just couldn’t drop it in.
This is how the ingots come from our supplier:
I never get tired of the thrill of opening a new barrel of fresh ingots!
And here are my recycled ones:
I don’t know why they have kind of a gold sheen to them. When we put these back into the pot to cast our products they look just like our other pieces. Kind of a mystery… (I’m obviously not a chemist.)
Anyway, I do believe that we rescued nearly 800 pounds of pewter. That is a lot! A very exciting Saturday!