ANC Manufacturing can produce custom designs for your business or organization using your designs or we can design for you. The production of all of our pewter products is done with a process called spin casting or Centrifugal casting. The process usually starts with your metal design being carved by hand in wax or pewter.
A production mould is then made with the master casting being laid out on a silicone disc and then cured with heat and pressure in a vulcanizer. This rubber mould is spun in a centrifugal caster while pewter is poured into the centre of the mould resulting in a replica, with excellent detail, of the master metal design.
Don’t worry if you are not an artist we will design your idea. Remember, you are only limited by your imagination. Bring your custom ideas from concept to reality. Our design staff can assist in every aspect from start to finished product.
ANC Manufacturing can reproduce antiqued item, buttons, pin badges, golf ball markers, tooling, jewellery, findings, figurines, coins, medals, belt buckles, charms, key chains, etc.
All of our products are made with lead free fine pewter. ANC pewter can be finished a variety of ways such as polishing to a bright silver colour finish or possibly burnished or antiqued. ANC only use 92% Tin in all our castings and is the only type on the premises, so we are safe to say there is no cross contamination.
Design – concept to Delivery. We have a model making capabilities from skilled artist that use the traditional method of hand carving out of pewter
Toolmaking– for engineered accuracy / Sculpting – for artistic impression and stylised reproduction.
Mould making– Ideally suited to runs from 100 to 100,000.
Casting– Modern Automatic and Semi Automated centrifugal casting machines. We process over 36 Tonnes of Pewter Tin Alloy per annum.
Metal Finishing– Mechanical De-burr/Polishing/Antiquing / Precious and Non Precious plating / Paint Spraying.
Assembly– Highly skilled operators assemble and finish every item to exacting standards.
Packing/warehousing/fulfilment- A flexible service is available as required
What is Pewter?
Throughout history pewter has had an almost infinite variety of compositions, even today there are still numerous varieties produced. Pewter was first used around the beginning of the Bronze Age in Western Asia. The earliest piece of pewter found is from an Egyptian tomb from 1450 BC. In the 12th Century Pewter was controlled by the town guild in France. It was by the 15th Century that The Worshipful Company of Pewterers from the City of London took control of the pewter constituents in England.
Through time the only common factor is a relatively high tin content which is hardened by additions of other elements. The main properties of tin that are exploited by pewter are the low melting point, good casting properties and appearance, pure tin is too soft to be of use. Pewter's low melting point has always made it ideal for working with minimal equipment, ideal for the small workshop and great for creativity. If it all goes wrong it’s very easy to melt it down and start again.
Today newly manufactured pewter should be a lead free antimony and copper, containing over 90% tin. Copper and antimony act as hardeners while lead is common in the lower grades of pewter, which have a bluish tint. It has a low melting point, around 170–230 °C (338–446 °F), depending on the exact mixture of metals.
Modern pewter can be polished to a bright silver like finish or if preferred chemical darkeners can be used to simulate the patinas associated with old pewter.
Send us an email with your specific ideas of give us a call. We look forward to doing business with you.