Some of the most beautiful copper patinas I’ve seen have been
created by heat. I own the work of a collage artist who simply throws
thin sheet in her fireplace and gets a gorgeous red.
The Mendocino Art Center has a chart in the studio with various
pieces of heat-treated copper (I seem to remember a toaster oven, but
I might be dreaming). Next to each piece is the time and temperature
used to get the particular color–and one of the colors is magenta! I
think that would look gorgeous inlaid in silver. I hope to be up
there in less than a week–I will look at the chart and post more
Of course, I have no idea what you’d need to do to preserve such a
patina, or how the process (or the necessary preservation) might
affect the silver. I leave that question to the experts. Always
wanted to know myself.
on the road…