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mikayyla
« on: March 01, 2009 08:40:32 PM »

Lately, I've been looking at pewter components (pewter beads and pewter findings etc.).  I'm not talking about silver-plated pewter.  I'm talking about basic un-plated pewter. I'm considering using un-plated pewter in my jewelry because it cost much less than sterling silver.  But I'm concerned about the quality of pewter.

Can anyone answer the following 2 questions........

#1) Does pewter react on the skin.....like does it have nickel in it?
#2) Does pewter tarnish or go bad somehow over time?
#3) Has anyone had a bad experience using pewter in their jewelry?

Thank you SO MUCH to whomever responds.  Your expertise is much appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2009 06:15:15 AM »

I don't think pewter has any nickel in it, but be careful of the lead content. I know many jewelry components are manufactured to be lead free, but not all.

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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2009 09:34:39 AM »

Careful with pewter - it can be *seriously* soft. It makes great charms and pendants, but I wouldn't use it for findings, especially not clasps - it's just not sturdy enough.
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2009 07:22:29 PM »

Hi there,
i made jewelry with real silver plated, 22k gold plated, and real copper plated pewter components. they don't tarnish at all and they are made in USA.



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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2009 09:21:47 PM »

I've used plain pewter toggles and charms... that's about it. So far I haven't had any trouble, no colour changes or skin issues.

But as Persephone Hazard mentioned it can be quite soft... a charm I had on a keychain for about a year lost the hard edged and details it had when new, from being banged around so much. Not as big a concern for necklaces, but bracelets maybe.
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2009 06:03:04 AM »

I once broke a pewter cuff-style bracelet bending it open to get it off...
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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2009 11:41:46 AM »

Have used pewter charms and findings with no problems to date.  Just be sure to purchase lead free pewter.
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