Pewter is made up of mostly tin. Other metals that are combined with tin to create pewter include copper, bismuth and antimony. Lead and silver are sometimes used to blend with tin to create pewter. Copper and antimony are used as hardening solvents for the metal.
Pewter is a metal alloy. That means that it is made from a combination of tin and other metals. Older pewter products are more likely to contain lead and should not be used for food or drinks.
Pewter is a popular metal that is used by artisans for creating hand-made products. Most projects start with casting and are then hand hammered or shaped on a lathe.