Carving Basic Soapstone Molds for Pewter Casting
Conde Fernando Rodriguez de Falcon
This web page is a link to my handout for my introductory soapstone mould carving class. It is an overview into the materials, tools, and layout and carving techniques that a newcomer will need to turn a simple piece of soapstone into a mould ready to use for pewter casting. It should provide the necessary information to create a simple one sided mould for items such as award medallions, basic pilgrimage badges, event tokens, or belt buckles – essentially, any basically "flat" object.
Why use a soapstone mould? First, it’s cool! It’s period! A single mould can make hundreds of castings, and its fast - most soapstone moulds allow the pewter to cool in a matter of seconds. With most arts you work a long time to get one finished piece; with soapstone moulds and pewter casting, once you’ve completed the carving, you can make a number of finished pieces very quickly. That’s very satisfying to me.
Give it a try – I bet you like it!
I met Conde
Fernando Rodriguez de Falcon while I was in Calontir, He introduced me to the wonders of pewter casting and has kindly consented to let me reproduce this document here.