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QUESTION: What can replace lead for moulded and shaped plates? - 16 Apr 2007 Victoria, Australia

Hi, I am working with lead mould which I make a lead plate melt and shape it. I understand there are dangers using it and if I can I like to change to other possible options. I need something similar with lead in strength (softer than Aluminium) and melting point. Can you give me any alternative? I would really appreciate your help.



ANSWER: 13 Apr 2007

Dear Sharon,

apologies for the delay in responding - your email got lost among a thousand in our inbox. Please find the answer kindly provided by a member of our Technical Advisory Board in the email below. All the best with your art.

Yours Sincerely
Elizabeth O’Brien

From: Marc Grunseit


Sent: Friday, April 13, 2007 10:17 AM

Subject: Re: What can replace lead for moulded and shaped plates? I really don't think there is a metal which can substitute for lead, which is essentially a really bad idea as a plate. Pewter was very popular but it is made malleable by its high lead content and consequently has gone out of fashion for eating or drinking vessels. A switch to some completely different medium such as ceramic (clay base), glass or resin. I am unclear as to whether the purpose is to produce a plate shaped decorative item or a functional plate, but either way the answer would be the same. Cheers


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