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How to Properly Use a Cross Peen Hammer for Metalwork. A cross peen hammer is a hammer used by blacksmiths to complete metal work.

How to Properly Use a Cross Peen Hammer for Metalwork

The wedge-shaped end of the hammer allows you to make the metal fuller when used with heat. The main functions of a cross peen hammer is forging and riveting. Forging is a process in which you heat a single piece of metal and use tools to obtain a particular shape. Working with Copper Sheet in Arts & Crafts- Belinda Spiwak. Working with Copper Sheet in Arts & Crafts by Belinda Spiwak of Aurora, Illinois.

Working with Copper Sheet in Arts & Crafts- Belinda Spiwak

Working with metals can be confusing. There are a lot of terms that are industry specific. How does a mixed media artist or someone who creates art jewelry going to make sense of it all? Well, I have set out to do a little research to make it easier for you and me to understand. A good place to start is the Thickness Guide on this website. If you are just starting out and would like to experiment with the different gauges/mil copper sheet, then you might consider ordering a Sampler Pack or order some copper scrap pieces.

The different sampler packs available through the website are located at: Copper Sampler Packs Now I'd like to say a word about the terms mil and gauge. The thicknesses that Basic Copper carries are 1 Mil ( copper foil), 1.4 Mil (copper foil), 5 Mil (36 gauge) , 8 Mil(32 gauge) , 10 Mil (30 gauge) , and 16 Mil (26 gauge) . 1 mil Copper Foil: photo 1 photo 2. Vintaj Patinas .5oz. Doron Merav Jewelry par doronmerav. Pocosin Arts Metals Guild: Patina Handout for 8-6-11 Demonstration. Creating Color on Metal: Patinas. Description: Patina is defined as a film that is formed naturally on metal by long exposure to the elements or artificially as by acids or oxidation and is valued aesthetically for its color.

Creating Color on Metal: Patinas

On copper or bronze a patina tends to be either or green or blue in color and on sterling silver gray or black. When creating a piece of jewelry you should consider whether to patinate or oxidate before starting work on the piece. Soldering and pickling will remove most coloration, so create any color after you have finished all such work. If you will only be drilling the piece, then you may feel free to patina the work at the outset.

It is very important when preparing a piece for patination that it is cleaned properly for coloration. Metal+mettle. D.Bréchault.


Bowl, copper, patina. Dia.: 9.5 cm. Sarah Boo's Musings: Red Copper Oxide Patina. So many of my fellow metalsmiths are eager to learn how I achieve the red color on copper which I use a lot in my jewelry.

Sarah Boo's Musings: Red Copper Oxide Patina

These are definitely some of my most popular pieces of jewelry. Most people are curious what the material is because it doesn't look like what people think of when they think of copper. I learned this method in Japan about twenty years ago from my teacher, Ayako Kuroki. She called it "houshyayaki" which translates to "grilled borax". Mrs. Due to popular demand from both customers and other jewelers wanting to know how I do it, I started trying it again last night. It's actually a very simple method. As far as prepping the copper goes, Mrs. I'm no scientist, so I don't understand exactly what is going on in this process.

I'm sure there are people out there who do understand the science behind it and I would love anybody to chime in with their knowledge/opinions. Copper Red Patinas: 4 Experiments with 4 Fluxes: Red Copper Patina. A red patina can be developed on copper with a torch and any number of fluxes.

Copper Red Patinas: 4 Experiments with 4 Fluxes: Red Copper Patina

The heat is applied to the copper from below. When the copper glows red hot sprinkle on the flux for a speckled look. Alternately, apply the flux first, then apply heat, for a smoother color. (Generally, both techniques happen at the same time because the salt bounces around.) (If you don’t apply the flux you can get lovely tans and browns to blacks, depending on how hot you heat the metal: red hot gives the darkest colors.)