Cast Pewter Buttons
By Engeline Vonfoxridge source: Pilgrim Souvenirs and Secular Badges, by Brian Spenser, p. 308–310)
Name of piece and what layer it represents:
These are cast pewter buttons and they represent the accessory layer.
Period and origin of time:
The period of origin I am using is the 1300’s my persona is of Austrian decent so I am using Austria as the place.
What material was used in period:
Pewter was used in period
Material I used:
I used pewter.
How I assembled the pieces:
First I carved the mold. Then I poured the pewter. Filed and cut off the flashing
What I did and the difference between:
I didn’t use a forge and I used a dremel to scoop out some of the mold.
Special thanks the Gilliana, Syeria, and the Arn Hold casting guild. They taught me how to cast helped fix some problems before they became mistakes.
Buttons from the 9th century have been found in Sweden. Buttons in the early 12th century gained popularity. With the tighter fitting clothing of the 14th century became an item of fashion. Buttons were made of lead, pewter, bronze or tin. (Egan & Pritchard 2002, 272) In the 14th century buttons were worn as ornaments and fastenings from the elbow to the wrist and from the neckline to the waist. Buttons for the wealthy were made from gold, silver, and ivory. While the more common people wore buttons of bone or wood. Sumptuary laws and royal decrees dictated what kind of buttons the lower classed could wear. Buttons told society where you ranked in the social status.
What I learned:
I learned how to cast
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