December 12, 2015 - Technical Studies 1
Pewter is an alloy with a very low melting point, which means that it is easier to use for casting than other metals (i.e. bronze or silver). It has also been used for casting vases and pots and things since antiquity. This week we cast using molds carved out of cuttlefish bone (yes, I said cuttlefish!)
This is the cuttlefish bone cut into 4 pieces and if you are interested here are some facts (which may or may not be true, it is hard to tell from the tone of the narrator!).
Members of the class made really beautiful trinkets, and Dorit told us about Bleigießen -a German New Year tradition using tin or lead to tell your fortune.
Pewter is a good conductor, and so I tried out casting a coil for a speaker. It worked -and made a very pewtery sound!