Solid Copper and White Copper Butterfly

Solid Copper and White Copper Butterfly


I sculpted this piece using copper with a white copper stripe in the middle. I stamped a butterfly shape and antiqued it to darken the shape and make it stand out – it’s a one-of-a-kind piece that makes a beautiful gift for a butterfly lover.

This is a process using metal clay shaped and molded, then heated in an oven to dry. After sanding and tweaking, I baked it in a kiln at 1750 degrees Fahrenheit for three hours. The clay burned away, leaving only the solid copper that was suspended throughout the clay mixture. After scrubbing clean, I oxidized the copper for an antique look, polished out highlights, then coated the finished product with a sealant.

Pendant Height: 1″

Chain Length is: 18″


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The electro-forming process takes several days to complete, starting with sealing the item in three coats of lacquer. A conductive paint is added, then the piece goes into a copper chemical solution where electricity slowly encourages copper to plate onto the item over the course of many hours or days. When gems or other complexities are added, additional steps are taken. Once the item has partially plated, the gems are set in place with epoxy clay that hardens for 24 hours. More conductive paint is added and the piece goes back into the electroforming solution for several more hours. Finally, a patina is added to mimic time wearing at the copper, then highlights are polished out and the entire piece is sealed for protection.

Although sealed, copper shouldn't be submersed in or exposed to water or harsh elements. If the copper rests against skin, skin can sometimes turn green when there is moisture present - this is normal and will go away once the copper is no longer present. Note that I haven't had this happen with necklaces myself, only rings since hands are much more moist. Copper can continue to patina, aging naturally over time. Treat your new statement necklace with care and it will become a lasting heirloom.

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  • Store Name: Copper Soul Jewelry
  • Vendor: Copper Soul Jewelry
  • Address: Park City, UT 84098
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