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Copper Sheets for Metal Embossing Projects

Copper Sheets are another alternative metal for your Metal Embossing Projects. Real copper is one of the natural elements and it has been in use for at least 10,000 years. When mixed with tin, Copper creates Bronze. Real Copper Sheets have a beautiful natural orange-reddish color that tarnishes over time. Copper erodes to a point that creates diverse shades of its characteristic blueish or greenish colors. 

 In the crafts world, Copper Sheets are used for traditional Metal Embossing, you can also stamp it or punch it. You can paint or heat Copper Sheets. Copper is the hardest of the metals most commonly used for Metal Embossing, but still soft and malleable enough for hand embossing. Even the thinnest Copper Sheets (.004” ), are a harder metal, due to their natural characteristics. What this means is that, when working with Copper Sheets, you need to press harder to achieve the desired dimension and form you want. This can also be an advantage as the achieved embossed forms and dimensions keep their shape easily due to the hardness of the metal. Copper tarnishes easily. You can even see your finger prints shortly after handling it. When creating projects with Copper Sheets, you can polish and protect them with a spray sealer to stop it from tarnishing more. 

Copper Sheets for Metal Embossing

On the other hand, you may want to actually antique or tarnish your project even more by using assorted patinas. The typical natural copper patina usually has greens and some blue shades. There are multiple patinas on the market that can replicate this natural look with a few easy steps. The pewter patina can blacken the copper and create another interesting old look. You can also heat Copper Sheets or put your projects in contact with a direct flame or torch. You will be amazed to see how the copper ‘s colors start changing to diverse shades of dark oranges and reds, greens and blues.  Always use caution when doing this, handle the metal with pliers as it gets extremely hot (copper conducts electricity and heat). If you do this with aluminum nothing really happens (after all it is the same metal you use to cook on your oven). If you do this with pewter, it may melt! To adhere copper you may want to use a strong and sticky double sided tape and or a strong rubber cement, especially on the edges that are harder to glue to the surface. 
Our real Copper Sheets (.004”) come in 6” x 6” sets or 12” x 39 rolls. Also available on 5, 10 and 25 meter rolls
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