Thursday, May 8, 2008

Heat Patina




I've been spending some time experimenting with heat patinas and copper. After several unsuccessful attempts, I came upon a method that works for me and gets me some beautiful colors.

After shaping, sanding, hammering, and tumbling my copper, I use my butane torch. I heat the whole piece until it starts to turn and then I quench in cold water. I then put the copper back on the fire brick and heat all over again. I may do this process several times until I get the colors I want. Next, I run the copper upstairs to the freezer and leave it in for a few hours. The pieces have come out very shiny and with lovely color variations. I'm currently using no sealer, as I'm worried this will alter the patina. Let's see what happens....

4 comments:

Gardagami said...

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Rosebud Collection said...

Do not hit that gardagami.here,,it is a virus..I had the same thing on my blog..
About the heat patina..it really turned out beautiful. The colors are something else..

Rosebud Collection said...

When I clicked on it..I clicked on the name and wanted to see where it came from..I started getting a warning about a virus and spyware..I had to run something to clean it out.
At least that is what happened to me.
That was why I warned you..maybe it isn't the same thing..

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