Sorry folks, I’m just now catching up on almost a months worth of
the Orchid digest and I already know that I’ve lost a bunch of stuff.
Don’t ya just love those cute fuzzy internet gremlins? Enough of my
I imagine that someone else has already mentioned this but I haven’t
caught up so please bear with me. I tried Tim McCreight’s ( The
Complete Metalsmith…good book!) idea of using peanut oil on
copper and heating it till you get the desired color. I got the most
beautiful reddish browns on my test pieces. I did learn that
subsequent soldering, depending on duration and time exposure to the
torch, can really mess those pretty colors up. No big loss for me,
like I said, they were test pieces. Do your soldering and
construction first and then go for the peanut oil colors.