Initially, pewter has a bright silver sheen but it rapidly loses its luster and develops the subdued gray patina for which it is best recognized. It is the high tin content in pewter that gives pewter its mellow gray color. In addition to its contribution to color, having tin as a primary ingredient offers several other benefits:
- Because tin is a relatively inexpensive metal, it makes pewter more economical than many other alloys.
- Tin's melting point is approximately 450 degrees. Because tin melts at about the same temperature required to bake a frozen pot pie, pewter can be cast at relatively low temperatures.
- Tin is a soft metal. The reason copper and other elements are added to tin is to harden the resulting metal (pewter). Even with the stiffening ingredients, its high tin content makes pewter a malleable (shapeable) alloy.
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