Pewter is a metal alloy consisting mainly of tin, with copper and antimony which is added for strength. Pewter was being used around the beginning of the Bronze Age for producing tableware, before the introduction of porcelain.


The art of modern embossing (repoussé) is the process of creating a raised design on a malleable piece of metal, using basic hand tools. Texture is added to the metal with texture tools and simple rubbing plates. The metal is then darkened by using a liquid patina, which gives it an aged appearance. It is then polished to a high gloss, leaving the patina in the recesses. This gives the artwork a 3-dimensional appearance. The finished piece is then varnished so that it doesn't tarnish.