Category: Caring for copper

Advice on caring for vintage copper

Retinning & restoration | December 3, 2019

Can you spot the replaced rivets?

Rocky Mountain Retinning re-attached one handle of an antique pot with brand-new rivets. Can you tell which one?

Retinning & restoration | September 1, 2019

Picking a good tinner

(This is an extract from Bad tin, but I thought it worth surfacing as its own page.)

Retinning & restoration | July 29, 2019

To retin, or not to retin?

I can’t make the decision for you, but I can walk you through my process, Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style.

Retinning & restoration | April 8, 2019

Bad tin

I had a bad experience with a retinning job, but I learned from it and I can help you avoid making the same mistakes I did.

Stuff I use | March 20, 2019

Stuff I use: Simichrome metal polish

Simichrome makes copper look gorgeous, but it’s a task that I reserve for display copper that I don’t use very often.

Cleaning & maintenance | February 7, 2019

Cleaning carbonized gunk

If you’re going to own and use vintage tinned copper, you need to understand the value of baking soda in your cleaning arsenal.

Cleaning & maintenance | December 21, 2018

Removing polymerized oils

Sometimes you get stuff on your copper that just won’t come off, and you have to get serious.