Copper patina artwork makes use of traditional methods for making designs in finished copper. Generally, patina naturally forms on copper as it ages, but patina artists use artificial means to recreate this effect through a process known as “distressing”, which is similar to the process of distressing clothing by giving it an artificially aged look. Most artists do this by adding chemicals that cause surface corrosion on the copper. After the patina color has been created, artists can choose their preferred method of creating the design.
While some use abrasive methods such as scratching, others perform their art during the actual application of the patina color by sponging the chemicals on the copper in specific movements to create color pictures. At Crescent City Copper, customers can purchase various types of copper and brass wall art. Here are a few examples of copper patina artwork done by other patina artists around the world.
This is a perfect example of intricate patina design. In this piece, the artists applied the patina chemicals painstakingly, using actual plant materials in the process of making the artwork. The chemicals have been applied in light touches around the outside of the copper and in heavier doses in the middle, creating a mist-like effect around the pine tree branches.
This work by copper artist David Savedge is called “Great River”. As you can see, the patina chemicals have been added in a specific design to form the image of a river flowing through banks of sand. The chemicals are layered thickly in the middle to create the bubbly texture of a river in motion. The sand banks have been lightly altered to give the brown color a little distress.
This example of copper artwork is made with patina and heat-treated stainless steel. In this art, the image is that of a lake seen from a high vantage point. Again, the patina chemicals have been added carefully to keep the dimensions of the image intact.