|Love the colours!|
Last week I promised a little video on how I add heat patina's to copper. I think the video demonstrates it quite well. The main trick is to practice a few times, and keep in mind that the patina will continue to grow even after you remove the heat source. I also find that I get much better colour if I do not quench the metal after heating. Just let the metal cool down naturally.
You'll notice that you'll see the colours appear in the following order:
Light Blue - pale blue silvery tone
The torch I use is the Blazer Spitfire Torch that we sell here at beadFX
Your metal also needs to be very clean. You can use commercial copper cleaners (like pennybrite). However, I find that a bowl filled with water and the juice of a lemon works just as well. I just keep my metal in my lemon/water mix until I'm ready to torch my copper. Be sure to clean off any extra bits of lemon pulp - they catch fire :-)
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