Last year I played a little with copper. Here is one of the projects.
I unfolded a few of my old copper roses. I wanted to add more patina, so I rubbed on a thin layer of peanut oil and heated with a soft flame. When I did this before I got brownish tones, the purple here was a nice surprise!
The sheets are thin and copper is malleable, so when I made the rings it was almost like working with sturdy paper.
I like how the rings came out, but they are more experiment and eye candy than wearable rings, for a number of reasons:
- they easily come loose
- the patina will wear off
- it’s advised not to wear copper directly on your skin – I still need to learn more about this though, as I come across contradictory information!
Another copper project was some unexpected up-cycling. I found a piece of cable by the sink in my studio, and when I realised it was copper, I challenged myself to use what the electrician had left behind. I removed the plastic coating, and bent the copper wire into a ring.
Again, I did the peanut oil patina. Despite the wonderful range of colours, I think that for this particular model it came out a bit “too much circus”. What do you think?
I want to continue exploring copper as metal, try different patinas, learn how to seal patinas, and find out if it’s true that you shouldn’t wear copper directly on your skin.
If you make and/or wear copper jewellery and have some experiences to share, I’m eager to hear it!