The journey from wood to copper was more challenging than we thought it would be. Here are 5 things we learned that you should know before you begin crafting copper.
Copper is not inert.
Even though copper is pure, and a completely natural metal, she will react fiercely. Just like nature, copper appears to be calm but beware of her hidden strengths. She is a mastermind at conducting electricity, whilst remaining strong and ductile.
A double edged sword.
Copper is a very good heat conductor, but that will hurt you greatly. The heat will escape from the area you want to weld, so she’ll burn and change colour before you can slice her. She is very workable, but hardens with repeated bending and manipulation.
It will humble you.
How prepared are you for failure? This is important. Copper crafting is learned through expensive mistakes and heart arching challenges. If we had known the problems we would face in creating the special form of the Stylograph, the body with a triangular grip that transitions into a rounded tip, we might not have insisted. It can be done but it’s much harder than you think. Your ego will get bruised but your success depends on your ability to bounce back. In the end, the madness of failure is great because it shows you what you can achieve! And this small, discrete detail of the Stylograph is what gives it it’s unique twist.
Don’t break the rules.
Learn to work with humility. She has limits and commands. You must follow her rules.
Opening one door, opens many.
Working with new materials leads to working with new tools, new manners of handling, and new techniques which, in turn, all lead to unfamiliar results. The Stylograph taught us how to polish copper, how to oxidize it to give it a matte finish and the rainbow of colours that will appear when it’s heated. So, be prepared to experiment and look forward to her surprises.
The Stylograph brought us out of our comfort zone. A comfort zone that lies deep in the forest. We learned from our ignorance. We moved forward with humility. We took copper to the end of her limits. And we showed ourselves what we could achieve.