Monday, December 13, 2010

Pewtersmithing Demonstration

Ever kept on buying pewter made products as souvenirs for family and friends? Well a lot of us know it is a type of metal. It comes in many shapes, sizes and functions as well. Some are also very artistic and high in detail. Ever wondered how these gifts are made?

Very close to Petaling Street or The Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur, is a historical building built in 1888. It is known today as the Central Market. The market has a lot of traditional crafts and different types food. Royal Selangor, one of Malaysia's renown pewter makers, is among the many shops there. From the 13th to the 19th of December, they will show how pewter products are made.

I took a few shots.

First, the mould is locked tight.

Hot molten pewter mixture is poured into the mould. 

A little tapping to allow the "quicksilver" to flow to the bottom.

Loosen and open up the mould. 

Harden pewter from the mould is removed.

The product of the whole process allowed to cool. 

A more detailed product that costs RM370.

Come to Central Market and check out the demonstration to find out what role Tin, Copper and Antimony play in pewter making. 

take care. 

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