Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Copper Leaf Table Top

I just finished creating this hammered copper finish on a table top for an interior designer. 
I used individual sheets of real copper leaf and then manipulated glazes on top to create a "hammered" effect.

The designer suggested I add pewter tacks around the rim.  It was not my first choice of color to go with the copper, but it came out really cool.   That is why I like working with a designer ...  they often think of things I would not.

The tacks also serve a purpose in protecting the edges of the copper table.

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  1. Hi..Friend,
    This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing Copper Table that understand the value of providing a quality information. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Do you know of any specific glazes that would work for outdoor (Arizona summer) applications? Weathering would simply add dimension as long as the substrate remains unexposed.

  3. For an exterior finish I would probably top coat with a Spar Varnish, several coats. Test first to make sure it will not alter your finish. As you mentioned, the priming and substrate layers make a difference in exterior applications as well...for example concrete draws moisture from behind the paint layer...so best to check with someone knowledgeable on how to deal with specific substrates, such as the people at Sherwin Williams.

  4. Is the tile pattern hard to avoid on large projects, or is there a specific method or resource on how to avoid that?

    1. For a metal leaf finish, the tile pattern is actually desirable as that is the look of true metal leaf. If you prefer not to see the individual squares you can tear the leaf in irregular shapes before application, or us a metallic paint which is not as reflective but smoother. It all depends on the look you want.