The Rams Horn
3680 Panama-Stedman Road
Mayville, NY 14757
Thank you for your interest in our fine products. We look forward to doing business with you. All of our artwork is made right here in Western, NY. Our pewter jewelry is poured by hand by James Edward Boyle in fine, lead free, jeweler's pewter that is burnished and antiqued by hand in our studio. Some people think of Pewter as a cheap substitute for Sterling silver but this it is not. Pewter is a splendid metal with its own merits and qualities that make it a fine precious metal for both decorative and practical applications. Our jewelry is signed and can be considered an investment in Fine Art. All findings are hand soldered by James to the highest standards using pewter solder.
We Can produce custom designs for your business or organization using your design or we can design for you. Please write for a price quote. Let James or Beth design that very special award or project for you. All our fine pewter in produced by spin casting. If you are not familiar with this process, models are carved by hand of wax or wood. These small patterns or originals are laid out on a disc of uncured silicone to create casting cavities. When cured, this rubber mold is spun in a centrifuge while pewter is poured into the center of the mold. Silicone rubber molds can be cycled as many as 50-60 times per hour, for hundreds of cycles. Therefore, a 20 cavity mold can produce 1000 components per hour if small-to-medium production runs are needed. Resulting parts have excellent detail and representative surface finish of the master pattern.
Don't see what you need, why not have us design something special for you? We can reproduce antique pieces or design special buttons, clasps, brooches or trophies just for you! Need club pins or special earrings designed, no problem, Give us a call or e-mail us? James and Beth can help you with your ideas and make it simple and easy for you to have your design put into production. Keep in mind the most labor intensive part of the process is design and mold making so the more of an item you order the cheaper the per piece price will be.
Throughout it's long history pewter has had an almost infinite variety of compositions, even today there are still numerous varieties produced. The only common factor is a relatively high tin content which is hardened by additions of other elements. In most countries newly manufactured pewter is a lead free alloy usually being hardened with additions of antimony and copper, containing over 90% tin. Other elements such as silver and bismuth are sometimes used.
In the past pewter often contained lead but as awareness has grown into the harmful effects of lead it now has been eliminated. 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. At the Rams Horn most of our pewter is burnished after being antiqued to bring out the detail. Our customers mostly prefer this finish to a high shine or to a brushed finish. The pins and other findings on our pieces are all soldered by hand by James E. Boyle. Our Pewter jewelry is of the highest quality and is meant to last for many years. Our Jewelry contains neither Lead nor Cadmium:. The formula is:
Jim and Beth Boyle
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