Coloring Copper with Heat

Texturing metal gives it a lot of character and interest.  Adding variations to the color of metal does as well.  I have always had an interest in the coloring and patination of metal and hope to take a class in it when I can.  The copper ovals at the bottom of these earrings were made by cutting them out of copper sheet, texturing them with a ball peen hammer, and then using heat to achieve the color change.  Copper can change a wide variety of colors when heated; it can even head into blue tones a little bit.  Heat-treated copper is not stable so I use a sealant to preserve it.

Paige Earrings

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2 Responses to Coloring Copper with Heat

  1. Audra says:

    What type of sealant do you use?

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