Monday, December 28, 2015

Fold Formed Copper Frame

This is a copper frame I created for a Christmas gift, for a 4"x5" photo. I used Baroque Art Gilders Paste (Pinotage) as a coating, bringing it to nice sheen with an ordinary scrubby . The wax really brings out the richness in copper and allows it to slowly oxidize to even richer tones. I used fold forming techniques to texturize the copper, using an ordinary photo frame. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Another Copper Frame

I just completed an 8" x 10" photo frame that was commissioned.  This was quite different from what I usually do, using copper tape instead of hammered sheets.  It was a big learning experience for me, as  I developed the technique so there was a bit of configuring, trial and error.  Overall, I'm quite pleased with the final result and the clear lacquer should keep it from oxidizing.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cecil the Lion

We had an old plaster lion's head that hung outside and of course became quite weather worn.  I decided to give it a new life and spray painted it with Tremclad metal paint - copper color, two coats.  After drying, it was glazed (or antiqued) with a mixture of black and brown Tremclad (liquid not spray), wiping it off quickly to enhance the features.  A bit of scuff sanding with 0000 steel wool and sprayed a light layer of Krylon clear coat.  Tremclad is an oudoor paint and doesn't require sealing but a light clear coat was applied to tone down the gloss of the copper Tremclad.

Since I was working on this at my patio table in the great outdoors during the time of Cecil's untimely death, I named the final result after that magnificent creature.  Live on, Cecil. 

Cecil - Before

Cecil - After (love his warrior scar on his nose)

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Life has a way of just zipping by, and I really haven't much chance to get into my workshop.  Here is a copper pendant I made from a copper disk.  This was etched using Ferric Chloride, with the image transferred via the PnP method.  This gives a really nice crisp image.  It was colored using just a propane flame, quenching, flame, quench, etc. over and over until I was satisfied with the colors.  That's how it goes, you never know what color variation to expect!  To finish, I used Baroque Gilding Wax, gorgeous stuff to work with.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Using Inexpensive Materials

You can find materials for jewelry almost anywhere!  These are copper washers that I picked up at Harbour Freight in the US, but you can probably find these in many hardware/tool stores.  I know some stores are discontinuing them due to copper prices increasing, so grab them while you can.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Etching Made Easy

I've also delved into the world of etching metal.  A serious technique, care must be taken by way of gloves, mask and good ventilation.  I use Ferric chloride as an etchant and am still learning as I go.  You can use Sharpie markers as a resist, or Stazon permanent ink.  On this brass star, I used Stazon with a rubber stamp.  What ever you don't want etched, you need to put on a resist.  I also color the entire back of the piece with permanent ink (comes off after with alcohol), or burnish clear, good quality packing tape on the back.  Remember, don't ever pour this acid down the sink, it will corrode your copper pipes!  Proper disposal by way of collecting in a container and bringing to the local waste facility is a must.

Copper Crazy

I've really been in to the jewelry lately but did take time out to make my annual Christmas cards.  My metal working has taken over now and my skills are constantly evolving, thanks mainly to the Internet and a couple of metal working groups I've recently joined on Facebook.  Great advice out there.

Here's a copper frame I created a while ago, and since I did not put any lacquer or wax on it, the colours have darkened with some interesting changes.  A great use for an old frame!