Look what happens to Copper !

toomuchglass(5)August 20, 2010

I have a roll of thin copper used for copper punch. (It's 36 gauge ) Had it for years - never used it till now. I saw this online and I wanted to make it - complete with all the rainbow colors.

I used a small torch & experimented.

Check it out !!

This pic shows the results .

*Low heat will make it turn red

*Medium heat will turn it blue.

*Next - I I used High Heat & I think there must have been something oily on the copper - it kinda did a blobbly rainbow. ( happy accident ! )

*The last one -- I blasted it -- and it turned sliver.

Cool !!!!! You can buy the tooling foil at Michaels -

I also saw it in silver tone ,too. Now this could open up whole new possibilities ! It would also be great for the leaves on wind spinners........

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Marlene Kindred

Very cool...can't wait to see your finished project!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2010 at 12:31PM
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So, 2much, "Where's your butterfly?" LOL! Great experiment! TFS! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2010 at 2:16PM
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No Butterfly yet ! It's number 125 on my to-do list ~ heheh

    Bookmark   August 20, 2010 at 2:53PM
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it's awesome!!!!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2010 at 4:58PM
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    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 12:16AM
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Looks like you are having fun with your welding! I think that is butterfly i passed up yesterday as someone had repainted it & did a miserable job of it, It would have had to be stripped(I have some stripper) Just not up to doing it right now!! Might go back & see if it's still there, this one looks very cool!! Jan

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 1:36AM
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Love that butterfly! I can see why you want to copy it. Great idea heating up the copper to create the different colors. I wonder what that would like once it has weathered. I can't wait to see what the next cool thing is that you come up with!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 2:54AM
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ANOTHER great idea...hmmm, project number...765432!heh heh! But I really like it...that looks like the copper I found at a garage sale, that I used for my castle....

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 11:24AM
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I always wondered how to make colors on copper - I think it's so pretty . I might just have to make that butterfly today :)

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 12:23PM
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Well, went back & got the butterfly! $1.98 it is all metal but holes are different larger ones go all down the outer edges & slits go in toward the center. Missing 1 antenna but I can glue 1 on. It's 11 1/4 in long by 10 in. wide. Was on a rod originally. Has heavy wire all around outer edges on underside so well made. Will undercoat & repaint as in better shape than I had thought. I love 1 you made of copper sheeting, it looks terrific! Hope I can make this 1 look half as good! Jan

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 12:46AM
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