There is also a lead free version of pewter that can be used in making pewter beads. The alloy used for making pewter beads can retain the classic appearance, and has several advantages. It is easy to work with because one of the properties includes a lower melting point. The surface appearance offers a great deal of versatility where it can be polished to a brighter lustre, or it can be made darker with chemical finishing.
Pewter beads may be one of the inexpensive beads used for making jewellery, because of the advantages offered, such as lower cost and resistant properties. Pewter beads are easy to work with, because the metal is malleable. You find these beads in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
Pewter beads can be used as an inexpensive alternative to silver. Because they are versatile in the use, the surface can be polished to a higher sheen that imitates the silver-like appearance. These beads are available in different shades, but the preferred shades appear to be the dark metallic finish. When using matching colours with pewter beads, the preferred choices seem to be deeper colors that compliment the dull finish, Preferences appear to be red deep purple, and classic midnight blue.
The pewter beads with darker shades are more popular for use in making jewellery. This may be due the fact that they may be harder to find, and present a more unique appearance. These beads can also become tainted, when oxidation occurs on the surface, and the finish becomes even duller.
Caring for the finish is not difficult. When properly maintained the classic antique appearance can last for a very long time. In order to maintain the appearance, a very thin layer of transparent lacquered coating can be applied to the surface. However, it should be applied carefully so as not to destroy or remove the classic dull finish foe which the metal is known.