Our copper is 110 Annealed Copper; this means that it is pure and soft.
The process includes many crafts such as woodworking, coppersmithing, casting and firing, and the "Earth Burial" patina process. Our work also involves a careful selection of materials by matching colors and patina patterns of each copper piece in order to achieve a striking, yet harmonious visual effect. This task requires much time and judgment.
The "secret" to our unique color copper product is the exceptional finishes we produce using a technique we have developed through over a decade of experimentation. We call this technique the "Earth Burial" method as we feel it best mimics the natural aging process of time, not duplicated anywhere else on this planet, except on the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. Truly a joy to behold, they age exquisitely like fine wine.
Pure copper sheets, five mil heavy, undergo a variety of controlled "Earth Burial" processes--each creating a unique patina and color. Not only is the copper and construction substantial, the finish is durable. Just like the raku ceramics process, nature intrudes, defining the process and product, and that's what we hope for! It amazes us each time we see sheets of pure, lustrous, machined copper transformed. Magic!
Because each piece is unique, you should expect slight variations in color and patina pattern; for example, no two "Rojo's" are alike. You should also expect each artifact to be packed and shipped with the utmost care, and speaking of care, a one-time coat of lacquer will protect the copper for many years.
1) Each color copper sheet is .005" thick (36 gauge). A color copper sheet is quite durable; it will not tear by hand, but can easily be cut with scissors or a sharp utility knife. If you take a foot-long sheet of aluminum foil and fold it five times, you will have an idea of how thick a copper sheet is.
2) One 3' x 4' copper sheet has a weight of almost 3 lbs.
3) Color copper is easy to adhere to almost any surface using normal contact cement for an instant bond.
4) A one-time coat of lacquer is recommended to protect the copper for many years.
We recommend our specially engineered lacquer COPPERLAC, which can be purchased in the Tools & Supplies section.
For the highest level of protection for bar tops, we recommend a lacquer coating, followed by an epoxy coating.
5) View Examples of our color copper sheets in use.
1) A single square foot of our heavy copper weighs one pound (standard 16 oz. copper) but is easily cut with standard hand shears that can be purchased from any home improvement store.
2) You can adhere the heavy 24 gauge copper to almost any surface using normal contact cement for an instant bond or liquid nails.
3) Our heavy 24 gauge color copper sheets are much thicker than the light 36 gauge copper and do not require an epoxy coating. Instead, we recommend 2 coats of our COPPERLAC lacquer.