Funny colors

“Science”

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

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

Tarnish, Part 1: The beginning

I thought I’d start with the chemistry of copper tarnish.

Tarnish, Part 2: The end

Tarnish, Part 2: The end

Now we’ll look at how to remove it.

The zig-zags

The zig-zags

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.

I smear pans so you don’t have to.

Tin is safe

Scientific research affirms that the tin lining of a copper pot is non-toxic.

VFC Labs

Heh. Sometimes I try things.

Doing bad things to copper

Doing bad things to copper

Once again, folks, please don’t try this at home.

Funny colors

Funny colors

I turned this pot purple.

How to tell a silver lining from tin

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.

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