I’m a curious person and I’ve poked around a bit in the physics and chemistry of copper and tin to understand why copper pots behave the way they do.
A closer look
I’m not a chemist or a metallurgist, but I’ve tried to look deeper into the chemical reactions happening as I use my copper.
A little science about copper and tin
There’s some very interesting chemistry going on between a copper pan and its tin lining.
Tarnish, Part 1: The beginning
I thought I’d start with the chemistry of copper tarnish.
Tarnish, Part 2: The end
Now we’ll look at how to remove it.
If you see an odd zig-zag pattern on the surface of one of your pans, take a good look — you’re getting a glimpse into your tin’s molecular structure.
Tin is safe
Scientific research affirms that the tin lining of a copper pot is non-toxic.
Heh. Sometimes I try things.
Doing bad things to copper
Once again, folks, please don’t try this at home.
I turned this pot purple.
How to tell a silver lining from tin
To my eye, a silver lining looks a lot like tin, and I thought it might be useful to be able to tell the difference.