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Pewter Studio (Contemporary Projects & Techni) Hardcover – 7 Jul 2010

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark; 1 edition (7 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600591914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600591914
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 22.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviews of "Pewter Studio" "Modern pewter, or Britannia metal, is lead free and safer to use than traditional pewter. Teacher and designer Mandel's contemporary projects for tableware and additional pieces by other artists are graceful expressions of art that make full use of this sometimes underappreciated medium. This book for experienced metalworkers involves torch soldering and machine polishing." -- Library Journal "Pewter was greatly used in early American homes, but it has fallen out of favor in our contemporary vocabulary. Lark Books and Lisa Slovis Mandel stepping forward and publishing this new book will greatly encourage the creative use of the material and investigation into the world of pewter. The book is very user-friendly. The step-by-step material is well laid out. The gallery has numerous examples by other craftsmen; it is extremely stimulating and clearly demonstrates the versatility of this material. This book will also be an excellent manual for any university or college that wants to put pewter into its program." -- Robert Ebendorf, master metalsmith

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Lisa Slovis Mandel is an award-winning metal smith, whose many honours include the California Metals Guild Award and whose work is featured in leading galleries across the United States. She has taught and lectured at several colleges and is the US scholarship chairperson for the Womens Jewelry Association.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Imakestuff. on 23 Jan. 2011
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This is all about flat work, not casting. Very good for those unsure where to start, especially if you are well used to working in silver and base metals at higher temperatures. Lots of info on the material and its qualities, the tools, equipment and whys & wherefors before the projects are introduced...almost a course in working with pewter. It's helped me quite a bit. Very clear, well explained, excellent photographs. Enough to get you going...more complex books on the subject are available and I would personally buy them later when I am better versed in the basics that this book presents.
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By Rebecca A. Skeels on 7 Sept. 2013
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Nice images, good to see a more up to date pewter book, simple instructions, inspiring for those working in pewter!
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By Mythopoeika on 19 Dec. 2013
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It's got a mix of everything in it and is very inspiring.
I keep coming back to this book time after time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Almost great 14 Aug. 2010
By wiredweird - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book has a lot to like. First, there's the metal itself - silvery (modern alloys hold their shine), very affordable, and hugely workable. I have some expereince raising copper and silver, and would love to get back to forging. Then, the author gives a great intro to the working techniques unique to pewter. It forms easily and doesn't need annealing, since its annealing temperature is below room temperature. It solders and even welds at temperatures far below silver and such. Mandel's tip about bismuth-tin solder sounds interesting, too, since its melting point is far less than pewter's - a fact appealing to anyone who's melted a workpiece while hard soldering. The "gallery" aspect of this book offers plenty of inspiration to a wide range of tastes, too.

Still, I found this book somewhat frustrating. After showing how easily pewter can be formed using a modest and accessible set of tools, her first three projects all involve a hydraulic press - not something you see in every hobbyist's workshops, or even in most small professional studios. I find her use of an oxy-gas torch on pewter startling, too. That flame can melt metals at 2000F and up, so seems like overkill for something a soldering iron can weld. (I'll have to try it myself and see if the fineness of the flame mitigates its intense heat, but I expect to melt a lot of practice pieces.) I know that retailers come and go, but the bismuth-tin alloy is a bit exotic - a pointer to Rotometals d.o.t com would have been welcome. And the index? Don't bother.

So, my impression ends up thoroughly mixed. Mandel clearly knows her subject, and offers many valuable pointers, like the importance of avoiding cross-contamination with your other metlawork. Her sections on technique seem easy to follow, despite lack of obvious connection between text and photos (would it have been so hard to number them?). On the other hand, she seems to have forgotten what kind of tools a beginner is likely to have access to. This book offers the best intro I know to this wonderful metal, but it could have been a lot better.

-- wiredweird
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
focuses on fabrication and sinking 27 Feb. 2013
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The author focuses on fabrication using soldering and fusing and forming using sinking and for this it is an excellent source with clear photos and instructions.
If you are interested in spinning or raising pewter look elsewhere. The author states that pewter "work-softens rather than work-hardens" making annealing unnecessary. This is a stretch. High tin content pewter, virtually all food safe pewter, work-hardens under the hammer although less quickly than copper or silver. For example, if you attempt to raise a 3 inch diameter vase from a 12 inch disk of 16 or 18 gauge lead free pewter it will develop numerous vertical cracks unless you anneal between courses of raising.

A.F. Bick in his book Artistic Metalwork writes regarding "high raising" of pewter that "annealing becomes necessary after each stage of the process" and that is my experience.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Awesome book on fabricating with Pewter 3 Jun. 2010
By N. Epps - Published on
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Ordered this book because of a recommendation from a supply house. I have worked with silver for many years and now do to the authors teaching method I look forward to pursing pewter fabrication.
Good book for the person wanting to know about working pewter 15 July 2013
By C. M. Chapman - Published on
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Found this book while researching the use of pewter for wood turning. Discovered Lisa was in my area and I took a class from her. The book could have been longer with more information but it would have been more expensive. For people who have a knowledge of metal smithing, this will add a little more to them if they are not familiar with pewter. There is a lot more to the pewter smithing that could be told but this is a good bite for the beginner. If your not set up for metal work you will need to get some tools and proper torch, solder etc.
Very good… And better than first reported 28 April 2014
By Kari Paulson - Published on
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I got this from my father a while ago, and he has since reported that it was a very very good book. It provided a lot more detail than he first recognized, apparently… And so I am here increasing my rating score of the book.
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