Fooling Around with Copper

I’m working with copper a lot these days. It’s beautiful in its own right and has really interesting properties.

Today, for example, I worked on the components for a pair of earrings. I’ve been reading up on ways to put patinas on metal. I have a little booklet by Charles Lewton-Brain, Patinas For Small Studios, that has tons of cool ideas. Including, for dual-gas torches, heating copper with the oxygen level boosted higher than usual. Oh, mama, did that ever work! That is the only thing I did to these strips of copper, & check out those lovely blues and purples.

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