Some of our figures are original sculptures. Each of our pewter figures is hand cast and hand painted in our Sumner, Washington workshop.
We are following in the footsteps of pewter workers who for centuries have been working from their homes. It is one of the oldest cottage craft industries.
The Pewter Casting
Modern pewter does not contain lead or harmful metals. Pewter melts at a low temperature. This makes it feasible to work with pewter within the home. You don't need a large foundry, just a corner of the garage where you can set up a small melting pot. Raw castings are cleaned up with small metal working tools available from any hobby store.
The most common molds are made from silicone rubber. Mold making can be done at home and one can be successful without specialized equipment. The molds have a relatively long life; some of ours are more than twenty five years old. Anyone that wants to know more about pewter casting can e-mail us and we would be delighted to give you more detailed information.
We use all kinds of paints found at hobby and craft stores. Water base, oil base, metallic, sprays. The key to painting pewter is a clean surface, good primer and following the paint manufacturer's instructions. There is no mystery in the method. Skill and a steady hand come with practice.
Packaging and presentation is also important. Each figure comes boxed with an Insert that tells about its production.
Painting time is the longest element of the process. One can spent hours on just one figure. You'll never get rich painting miniatures; you do it because you like to do it. Sculpting, mold making and metal casting are also time intensive tasks.
It takes patience to produce even a small number of figures each year.
Are our figures limited editions? Well we don't put a limit on the number we make, but it takes hours to produce a figure. That places our figures in the collectable category, "few of a kind".