Pewter Finisher

Shape, join, engrave, and polish pewter items.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$19,000 – $61,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pewter Finishers do?

Shapes, joins, engraves, and polishes pewter items following casting, using machine and handtools and applying knowledge of finishing processes: Secures cast pewter item onto chuck of lathe, depresses button to activate lathe, and pares inner and outer surfaces of items to remove rough edges and excess material, to shape piece to style specifications, and to impart luster to finish, depending on processing stage, using variety of chipping and cutting tools. Engraves decorative lines on item, using engraving tool. Polishes finished surfaces, using abrasive pad. Determines placement on item of auxiliary parts, such as spouts and handles, using paper facsimile, and marks solder path on item, using grease pencil. Routs out solder path, following marked lines and using routing machine. Places part on jig to stabilize part, aligns auxiliary part with part of jig, and joins parts, using solder and blowtorch. Weighs completed pieces to determine deviation from target weight, and records weight and processing time required on production records. Carries pieces to next work station. Occasionally fabricates chipping and turning tools, using machine and handtools.


Should I be a Pewter Finisher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Jewelry Finisher

    How to become a Pewter Finisher

    Pewter Finishers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Pewter Finisher-related education!
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