Mike Gibson

Copper Teapot

I made this Teapot from Pear about six months ago and treated it with a copper metal effects oxidizing paint then treated it with an aging solution to give that green/blue look tint. Try as l may l just could not get it right, either too much or too little. After several attempts l read that if left alone in time it would naturally achieve the same results. So I placed it in my screened in porch and forgot about until this week. I did not notice the spider under the handle until l brought the photos up on the computer. Guess l need to clean it up now and take another photo so you can see how it turned out, and fire the cleaner.

Copper Teapot
Mike Gibson, Sep 11, 2016
    • Rating:
      5/5,
      Bill Boehme
      Nice collaboration between you and the spider. I hope that the spider gave you credit for providing the canvas for it's weaving masterpiece.

      I like the teapot and the tarnished copper as it is (sans web). Is this the effect that you wanted?
    • Mike Gibson
      Pretty close Bill. This weekend l was sorting out boxes to take some of my work to the GA Fair and l came across the box that the metal paints had come in and found directions on how to use it which is totally different than on the bottles. Now l am going to have to make something and give it another go.
    • Bill Boehme
      @Mike Gibson
      Kirk DeHeer of Craft Supplies did a demo last year at SWAT on using the paints and I more or less followed his recipe on the couple pieces that I did. He said that he put the pieces in a damp cardboard box after spraying with the patination chemical to keep it from drying too fast, but he lives in Utah where things are much drier than in central Texas.
    • john lucas
      I like it with the Web. To bad that's so hard to create. I bought some of that web stuff they sell at Halloween but you can never get the orb weaver look.
    • Fadi Zeidan
      Hey Mike, I apply the Patina right after the second coat of copper while it is wet. I sprayed one till it was dripping, it oxidized within an hour, it was too much that I don't see copper anymore. I did second piece with much less oxidizing solution, it gave me same effect you have and could not get it to oxidize anymore. First was in blue, second was in green. I need to try it again to see if blue vs green makes a difference.
    • Peter Gray
      Boy Mike you've put a whole new take on "ageing" with your mate, fabulous pot as always
    • Richard Avram
      I agree with John, I like the web. If it were me I would have taken credit for that and let no one be the wiser. Great looking pot as always.
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