Aging pewter coins for your fantasy RPG adventures is pretty simple.
Recently, I received several pewter coins from fantasy artist David Savedge. They’re awesome, and they’re going to make a great addition not only to game play, but also to the old school map images I load to Instagram. But they were kind of… shiny? I decided to age them.
Not wanting to ruin my new coins, I reached out to fellow fantasy cartographer and tabletop RPG miniature painter Alyssa Faden. She sent me several links for antiquing pewter, which eventually led me to one I found pretty easy to follow. Since it involved using our new dishwasher, and I didn’t want to have to explain to my wife why I was running an entire cycle with nothing but a few little coins inside, I modified the procedure. I have to say I am very happy with the results.
Step 1: Hot Water & Dish Detergent
Brand new pewter coins can be very shiny. Removing this sheen irregularly darkens the finish, which is essentially the way they would age in someone’s purse or pocket.
To hasten this procedure, we begin by placing the coins in a plastic tub. Sprinkle some powdered dish detergent over the top of them. Then add some very hot water. Allow to sit for a few minutes to cool.
Step 2: Rub With More Powdered Detergent
Once the water has cooled, drain then rinse very well. Place the coins on a paper towel and sprinkle with more powdered detergent. Use the dish soap as an abrasive and rub each coin briskly. Dark material should come off on the towel. If it does not, repeat the procedure.
Step 3: Rinse & Dry
Rinse all the coins very well. Allow them to completely dry. They should darken irregularly. If you want to darken them more, just keep going!
AGING PEWTER COINS
Do you have any tips for putting a nice patina on pewter coins, or any other types of coins for that matter? Let me know in the comments.