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  1. #1
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    pewter

    Is there a way to know if pewter contains lead? We have a candle holder I bought for my wife in the late 60's at a gift shop. It broke and needs to be soldered together but hate to mess without knowing.

    Thanks, I know next to nothing about metal work.

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    I have in the past tried to freshen up Pewter items and found them to be hard to work with. I think if you try to solder it it may have a meltdown. 50-50 solder is 50% tin and 50% lead and melts very easily. Pewter is mostly lead.

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    Dont braze it.I tried for an ex's mother and it didnt work out. 50% solder would be what I tried if I did it again, If not epoxy

  4. #4
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    I goofed in my earlier thread. Pewter is mostly tin.

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