The colours are salmon copper, dark copper, dusky copper and black copper. Dark copper is a deeper version of the traditional copper colour. Dusky copper has a greenish grey tone. Black copper is black with just the odd hint of a copper tinge. It polishes up very highly and resembles ebony.
Copper and patinas are a beautiful combination. Think of copper in nature. Copper reacts slowly with atmospheric oxygen to form a layer of brown-black oxide (think of church steeples). The oxidisation process actually protects the underlying copper from more extensive erosion. Copper is also important as an ingredient in the alloys brass and bronze – even gunmetal grey bronze.
Verdigris (copper carbonate) is a green layer which can often be seen on old copper constructions such as the Statue of Liberty. Metalier can artificially create verdigris on its copper metal finish, then neutralise the finish and seal it, if desired, so that the verdigris remains protected at just the level you want to preserve.
The use of black wax can instantly emulate the natural brown-black layer created by nature over a long period. It too can be preserved at precisely the colour required. The pearlescent effect also remains an all time favourite. Because copper is malleable and ductile it is a material which Metalier craftsmen enjoy working with.
Our selection of liquid copper finishes offer some inspiration and showcase what has been achieved with our liquid metals.
However it is importation to remember applications and finishing are all done by hand so each piece is individually crafted and no two craftspeople will produce an identical finish. This is one of the beauties of the coatings.
Contact us with your ideas or what inspires and we can work with you to achieve it!