Can I have a little loop soldered onto my pewter medal?
April 17, 2010 3:10 PM Subscribe
What's the story on working with pewter?
posted by feelinggood to Grab Bag (10 answers total)
I have an old medal (about 1.25 inches in diameter) that used to have a little loop (about 1/8 or 1/16 inch in diameter) on the edge. It weighs 5/8 of an ounce. I could use it as a pendant or put it on a key chain. The loop broke off years ago and it's been lying in a drawer. I suspect the medal is made of pewter: it's sort of "pewter"-colored, with raised (relief) images on each side. The edges of the images are quite well-defined and have not worn down over the years. But I don't really know what it's made of.
First of all, what else could it be made of? And which crafts-person could I take it to who would give me an authoritative answer? A jeweler?
Second, if it is pewter (or whatever it is), can a loop be re-attached to the edge (a little less than 1/16 in. thick)? Can you solder pewter? I don't mean myself — I mean can a jeweler do it? Or some other kind of crafts-person?
And third, if not — how else could I re-attach it to my key chain? I'd rather not drill a hole in it (which I could do myself); mainly because the images are too close to the edge and the hole would go through them. Otherwise, I would have no objection.