This intrigues me. Most masking products will at the higher settings
will lift, due to their adhesion properties. What you need is
something that will get gummy not melt or unstick at the edges. Just
for a thought, why not take a snippet of a latex glove, and use some
acetone to make it gummy. You can do that with a Q-tip swiping the
acetone on the back of the cut out. Experiment with sticking that
gummy surfaced piece on the metal.
It may or may not stay in place, but just the properties of latex,
(rubber would be better) It’s worth a try. It’s just one of my crazy
ideas at 1 am.
As for the tarnishing of copper, I know too much about this at least
of some obscure old ways of protecting the copper. Renaissance times
and back they would use bee’s wax. That wears off and we do not have
servants to polish and reapply the wax as needed in this day and age.
Today a cheap way that lasts just about as long is to use Hair Spray.
Problem with it, is it can end up dulling a nice shiny piece. Others
that last a bit longer are stray acrylics from hobby shops. A bit
longer. Then there are some dip like solutions Rio sells some. But
with wear they will end up flacking chipping or just plain wearing
off. Some people may have reactions to the chemicals.
Oxygen and even UV light will turn copper colors if just left out in
the open. It will turn from a nice pink new color to a deep orange
color as it ages (Why can’t my hair do that instead of turning pure
white) Oils are what turn it brown like the pennies we see. It needs
a barrier to keep these environments from affecting the copper.
Sorry Vernon, I had a friend with the nano set up do an ornament for
me to see how it would last. It didn’t make it through the summer.
But then I can kill a computer just typing on it. You don’t want to
see my garden.
Storage i use those black paper like strips in bags I zip lock. That
helps short run, but if they are handled, I have an apprentice (yep a
real one) who gets to polish the pieces on stage while I do my thing.
The worst thing that happens to copper is rain. Even wearing a piece
that has been protected, seems to get a mottled look if caught in a
downpour. Maybe it is just the rain in the mountains of So. Utah in
What I found out was the best way to deal with tarnish is to educate
the people. I tell about the history of all the ways to protect a
piece then go on about patinas. Everyone loves my Al Gore patina
joke. Even made it on a video interview to be shown in Australia a
couple of years ago.
Get to know your market. Know what they would like to know about
copper care. A nice half page sheet of instructions about the care a
feeding of copper jewelry is a nice bag stuffer. You can also regale
them with ketchup being the best copper cleaner. Just instruct them
to go to their favorite fast food burger joint and ask for copper
cleaner with their fries. It gets a good laugh. I even put a little
packet in with a full set in a fancy bag. People love it, and it
closes those sales some hesitate about.
My motto is “Turn any disadvantage into an advantage.” It’s just a
matter of perspective.