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Day Out @ Royal Selangor Visitor Centre



A favourite spot for the hubster and I to have our dates outings would be the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. Lost count of our visits from 4 years of dating and 13 years of marriage but each visit is always fun and memorable. From walking through the showroom to having a lil meal at the cafe, checking out how pewter is made or even trying out our hand at the classes offered, I honestly can never have enough of this awesome place.

Our latest visit has been another memorable outing with some awesome souvenirs to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. And because silly me forgot to bring along my wedding bracelet this time around, another visit to the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre is a must for me to lengthen my bracelet at Selberan Jewellery which is also a subsidiary of Royal Selangor.

I initially wanted another picture with the Giant Tankard at the entrance of the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. Unfortunately the rain had to mess up my plan....so yes...another visit so I can grab a picture with my short hair do. LOLZ.
This is the world's largest tankard. It took 6 craftsmen in 2 1/2 months and a total of 2,000 hours to complete the job - from the preparation of the moulds to the final polishing of the tankard.

A quickie breakfast to fuel the body before we started with the activities that was lined up for us. Love a good cup of coffee and the pecan pie here on just about every visit. And if you have teh time, then this is a lovely spot to chill with your pals too.


Pewter items are really a labour of love and art. Check out the Pewter Museum on the 1st floor. Learn about the rich heritage of pewter and its role in our country's history. Have fun along the way in this interactive museum. We had our fair share of fun playing with the pewter instruments and of course standing on the giant weighing scale. Lots of wows and ohhhs along the way. 
Trying to tilt the scale and the 5 of us weren't heavy enough to even move it!

There is a long story to this Melon Teapot that saved a man's life. Make sure you get to hear about it. And if you like, this Melon Teapot replica is also available for you to buy to bring home. Pewter keep your drinks hot for a long time and cold drinks cold for a long time!
A replica of the melon teapot.
One of the many artifacts at the Pewter Museum
A gallery of frames bring you through the different style and history of picture frames. Would certainly love to add some pewter frames to my existing collection of pewter mugs at home.

The majority of Royal Selangor pewter products are hand-cast. Check out how each item is made by the craftsmen. It might look easy but its years of training that has resulted in them being so skilled. It begins with the craftsman pouring molten pewter into steel moulds quickly and efficiently. From experience he would know the angle of pouring that would allow the molten pewter to flow smoothly into the mould, ensuring that each casting is well-formed. After cooling, the item is removed from the mould. Rough edges are carefully filed and then polished. Each individual Royal Selangor pewter product is polished by hand. This is because it takes a great deal of skill to remove the yellowish patina that forms on the surface. Polishing is done using a fine-grade sandpaper or against a buffing wheel.

Once the polishing process is completed, appendages such as handles, spouts and hinges are soldered on. Skillfully made joints are virtually invisible and remarkably strong. After soldering, the finished product is polished once again with soft flannel or, in some cases, with the `stone leaf’  (Tetracera scandens), a wild tropical leaf of a fine, abrasive nature.



And if it all looks easy to you...then give it a try at the School of Hard Knocks for some hands on pewter fun. For RM60 you get lots of fun crafting your own pewter dish using traditional pewter crafting tools and you get to bring home your master piece.

Alternatively, if you think you want to make something finer like a pewter accessory then the Foundry classes will be perfect. From now till 19 October 2014, the foundry classes are going for RM150 for 2 persons - buy 1 FREE 1 only if you use this code "FOUNDRY MBK" at the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre or when you make your Foundry classes reservation via visitorcentre@royalselangor.com.my.

During the Foundry classes, you get to have hands on experience of pouring molten pewter into moulds, polishing your master piece and taking it home. And if you are good, try your hands on free hand creatives. Since it was our wedding anniversary, the hubster made me a gift. 
Pretty? He did a good job making it in under 15 minutes.

And if one wants to bring home more pewter goodies, then check out the retail offering at the centre. There's plenty to choose from including tableware, traditional tankards, elegant tea sets, captivating photo frames and more. 
The new addition to our home is this Royal Selangor spice grinder. Practical and pretty. Stylish too!
Chateau from the Autumn 2014 collection

And in case you are reading this and would like to indulge in some online shopping therapy for Royal Selangor goodies, then head on to http://www.royalselangor.com/blog/register and key in the code "EVBMK" to enjoy a RM30 e-voucher for your online purchase. This e-voucher is usable for all products on the website. Hurry because this special offer ends on 19th October 2014!

For those who have not made their way to the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, take the opportunity to do so this long Merdeka weekend!
Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
4, Jalan Usahawan 6,
Setapak Jaya,
53300 Kuala Lumpur.
T: +603 4145 6122
GPS Coordinate: 3.196, 101.724

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