Metal Workshop Samples

Copper and Brass Experiments

Embossing

  • Sand Surface to remove oxidisation
  • Wet plate and sand again
  • Use blow torch to make the metal malleable and so it is annealed in order to be able to manipulate
  • Once hot drop into water
  • Put into Picklex acid which is used to prepare the surface of the metal by removing any toxics from the surface
  • I then chose a couple of different materials to experiment with embossing into the metal surfaces.

I chose Lace a feather and some thread which were all very different as i wasn’t sure what to expect.

I put the chosen material on top of the metal plate and then pressed it through a roller. To finish it off i coated the metal with imonia and then rinsed with water. These were the results.

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Heat Manipulation Experiments

  • Left to soak in Picklex acid which is used to prepare the surface of the metal by removing any toxics from the surface
  • Sand Surface to remove oxidisation
  • Wet plate and sand again
  • I then used the blow torch in different ways. I tried varying the amount of heat to see what would happen.

These are some of my heat experiments.

I also wanted to see what would happen if i placed the metal into a bath of water straight after applying the heat. The darker ones are the results of this. IMG_3510

 

Some of the colours that were created when heating the copper were amazing, however these colours didn’t last very long and they were much duller when cooled down. I wanted to try to create some vibrant colours that would last. The metal workshop technician told me about patina which is a substance that can be applied to copper. Once applied and heated the patina reacts with the heat and creates vibrant reds.

These are some examples of my experiments

 

 

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