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1-15-2012 Learned This Week

woven metal

Vasarely Style Copper Weaving
22″ x 28″

  1. Black painted aluminum boards for small metalweavings
    • Cutting 1/8″  aluminum on the table saw – first sharpen the tops of the cutters on the 60 tooth blade – easy to do with a small 120 grit sanding disc (2″ roloc) on an air-powered die grinder – put wax on the edge against the fence – go slow, wear a face guard and gloves – cuts like butter.

Green on Copper – Copper Green Patina

copper green patina

Copper Weaving #6
green patina on copper

A client wants me to do a Waterfall Weaving for him, but before he orders he wants a sample of the green copper patina¬†with various light copper browns. He actually sent me a piece of couch fabric to match! Unfortunately, it’s winter in SW Michigan and the shop is on the cool side. Normally I can get a great green on copper patina using Sculpt Nouveau’s Tiffany Green. When it’s 90 degrees, I actually get the beautiful grayish green, the traditional verdigris (‘green of the Greeks’), my favorite. 60-80 degrees and I’m getting fairly neutral greens. Any temperature below 60 and I’m getting bluish greens. This gentleman does not want any bluish-greens. So I’ve been running tests to nail down a reliable (?) patina I can reproduce in the cooler months.