I’m new here and new to metalsmithing. I’m taking classes at my
local Arts Center. I like to work with copper, but worry about it
staining the skin. My niece wants me to send her some of my pieces,
and I’ll be embarrassed if she ends up with green skin. I tried using
wax (I believe it was Carnauba). I wore a collar to test it on the
4th and in about 3 hours the entire piece had darkened (it was hot
though). So, I’m thinking that’s not the way to go. I’m curious about
lacquer. How does it wear? Does it devalue the piece (as if mine had
value)? Can you shine with a polishing cloth with lacquer on? Would
like to hear some opinions or options. I’d rather keep the pieces in
their natural state and advise her to keep them polished, but I don’t
want her to end up with green skin either.
Thanks so much.