Information to help sell our products

Is it safe to use real candles?

Absolutely! Always exercise caution when using candles. Never leave lit candles alone. Some items may become hot when in use. Place a trivet or hot pad to protect fine finished furniture or plastic materials. When spilt wax is hot, it can be wiped off with a cloth. Cooled wax may be picked off. Just be careful not to scratch the surface. Try a plastic knife. If a candle flame comes in contact with the tinplate it will “burn”. There is no fix for this.

How do you clean tin?

If your item is dirty and needs to be cleaned follow these directions: Use hot water and some dish soap gently clean the item. Do not put the item in a dishwasher. Dry the item with a soft cloth then place in an oven to finish drying set no hotter than 200°F (100°C) for 30 minutes.

Does tin tarnish?

Tin is slow to tarnish. Which is why it is a great material for reflective ornaments like our Victorian Tinsel. It will be years before your piece has noticeably lost its luster. Tarnishing can be slowed down be storing your item in an airtight bag. If you want to polish use a non abrasive metal cleaner. Read the directions carefully. A lot of elbow grease may be required to use the cleaner. Our favorite is Nevr-Dull™. We do not advise the rough side of any punched item be polished.

Can I use tinware outside?

Our products can be used outside. However our products should NOT BE LEFT OUTSIDE. Rain, mist, & dew can cause the item to rust. There is no way to remove the rust. If your item does get wet immediately dry and place in an warm oven – max: 200°F or 100°C for 30 minutes.

What is the material?

Tin plated steel is made up of a sheet of steel covered in tin. The tin offers a high luster surface and provides some rust protection. The steel gives the material its strength. It is non-toxic. We work hard to make the items safe to use. However some edges may be sharp. Use with caution. Do you ever use other materials? We can us almost any metal in sheet form like copper, galvanized, brass and steel.. Stainless steel is a metal we do not use.

Who is the Pietersma Tinworks?

The Pietersma Tinworks was founded by Greg Pietersma. A maker at heart, Greg knew immediately he had found his material when he worked as an apprentice at historic Upper Canada Village. To develop his skills, he furthered his apprenticeship with noted master tinsmith Billy McMillen of Staten Island NY. Along the way Greg decided his dream was to work for himself. In 1991 he started The Tin Shop which was incorporated as The Pietersma Tinworks, Ltd in 1998. Originally Greg made reproductions of pieces made by 19th century tinsmiths. Gradually Greg adapted these pieces into a collection of products that fit the 21st century, and designed and built tools and machines to help with the adaptations.