The process o ageeing copper sheets

The ageing process of copper sheet is the most dangerous and unpredictable job. I developed this procedure during my work experience and I like keep it simple and relay on the power of nature to get every time different wonderful colours.

how to clean a copper thin sheet

it’s important to clean a copper sheet before starting the ageing process

First of all, the sheet has to be perfectly clean. For this reason I usually brash it with a special abrasive sponge.

Then the copper sheet has to be exposed to chemicals in close and safe container. This step takes almost half a day. Eventually, using safety tools and clothes, I take off the copper sheet and expose it to open air (but not directly to rain, sun or wind). The grade of ageing and the final colour nuance depends on several variables: tickness of copper sheet, position during the exposure at the chemicals, the amount of humidity, and so on.

 

how sheet looks like after having been for some hours exposed to a chemical in a closed container

how sheet looks like after having been for some hours exposed to a chemical in a closed container

what copper sheet looks like after being exposed one day to open air

what copper sheet looks like after being exposed one day to open air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This means that each piece of copper will have a peculiar ageing process and, in the end, a different kind of pattern, that is, a different colour nuance.

what copper sheet look like after having been exposed three at open air

what copper sheet look like after having been exposed to open air three days

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