Back to Copper

by linapearson on January 23, 2011

All those scraps piled behind my grandfather’s shop were sorted into copper, steel, aluminum and various colours of plastic sheet and they were saved because of their value.
Exploring my memories I discover why I was so particularly drawn to copper as a youngster. For one, the scraps of copper had the most interesting shapes because of how my grandfather used copper for the shipbuilding industry. He made many, many circular floats by drawing a metal disk down over a wooden mold turning in a lathe.
The circle pocked scraps out in our west coast weather took on the most remarkable patinas!

As I use copper more and more in my jewelry, I’m hungry to learn more about this not-so-base metal.
Especailly how to preserve patinas!
Grandad\'s copperspinning 1060\'s





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