1 hour ago
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Awhile ago, we bought a pewter stein, or tankard with a lid, from a local flea market. Mom wanted it for ren faires to go with her pirate garb because it had the hinged lid to keep pesky bees out of her drink. But, after failing a lead test, it wasn't safe to drink out of. We didn't know what to do with it. Maybe a pot for a plant?? Though we weren't pleased with it, we didn't just give up and toss it.
Since it only failed with lead in the seams of the handle and bottom where it was soldered together, we got the idea to make it safer with a lining. Then, after gluing a cheap beer cozy or foam sleeve inside the mug, a 12 oz. can fit perfectly inside while the lid covers it with a perfect seal. Now, while at faire it will keep her beer cold and hands free of condensation to stay dry.
You can see that the can sits just above and away from the rim all round. With much deliberation, I also decided it best to drill a tiny hole in the center bottom to help make it easier to remove the empty can when finished.
Curiously, it was engraved "Royal Viking SKALD" and had a bird looking design on the top of the lid, which after research I found to be the name of a Luxury Cruise-liner popular with the upper classes in the 80's. Not a pirate ship, but I'd have sailed on it! :)
Now, this tankard can enjoy a new life and be useful again! Cheers!