What is Pewter/Caring for Pewter
What is Pewter?
- Pewter is a metal alloy of approximately 92% tin, 7% antimony, and 1% copper.
- We only use lead-free pewter, which meets or exceeds all FDA food-safety standards.
- Sheet pewter is easy to bend by hand into a variety of shapes.
- Discs of pewter are spun on a lathe to form various trays, boxes, dishes, and other similar items.
- Pewter has a low melting point so it can be cast into rubber molds to produce a variety of objects such as finials, knobs, etc.
Caring for Pewter
- Pewter will last for years to come if cared for properly.
- Pewter develops a patina the more it is used.
- Pewter does not tarnish like silver and copper. Pewter can be cleaned with warm soapy water, rinsed, then towel dried with a soft cloth. Do not wash pewter in an automatic dishwasher because the heat and detergent can be harmful to the piece.
- There are various pewter cleaners and polishes available to maintain your pewter.
- Pewter has a low melting point so it should never be used in an oven, microwave or on the stovetop and should not be exposed to a direct flame.