• 4 Important Aspects of Copper and Brass Handicraft
  • 4 Important Aspects of Copper and Brass Handicraft
  • 4 Important Aspects of Copper and Brass Handicraft
  • 4 Important Aspects of Copper and Brass Handicraft

4 Important Aspects of Copper and Brass Handicraft

To produce copper and brass handicraft with high quality is not easy. In addition to requiring special skill, craftsmanship detailed product also requires creativity, patience and diligence. Product copper and brass handicraft quality is determined by a number of important aspects of the following:

RAW MATERIALS – Raw materials such as copper and brass should be of good quality, in example; pure copper and brass. Both these metals are known to have the privilege because of its strong durability that can last for decades. Additionally, copper and brass are also anti-corrosion (rust).

SCULPTING AND ENGRAVING – Because of the metal, copper and brass has a high level of hardness. To get the sculpting and engraving quality will require a special skill and it takes patience. That’s why it will requires high level and standardized craftsmen. To finalize the skill, they are required to follow a number of training.

STAINING and/or COLORING – colors used on copper and brass are: light brown and dark, plain black, green and color combinations. To produce unique color, the copper and brass should undergo oxidation process first, by using certain chemical substances with the right dose. However, this process is guaranteed safe because of the color produced is the case of a natural process that is not harmful to health.

COATING FINISHING – At this stage copper and brass handicrafts given clear coating layer. The goal is to keep the color that does not fade fast and damage. With clear coating, copper and brass color will not change even placed both indoors and outdoors. Similarly, when the weather changes, clear coating will keep the natural color of copper and brass handicrafts. In addition, the clear coating is able to maintain the beauty of the color of copper and brass handicrafts, although it is exposed to water or detergent.

If the above four aspects are well implemented, undoubtedly crafts copper and brass handicrafts produced will have a quality that can be relied upon.

 

Production Stages of Copper Handicraft

Crafts copper Solaris Bali is one of the craft with a system hammered pattern that exists only in Indonesia. The system used in the manufacture of craft is also very unique. First, the raw material in form plate sheet of copper/brass, made mall pattern. For this stage craftsmen usually already implementing measure details. For the next stage, the material is already in the mall pattern form, then burned to red. The purpose of burning the copper plate to flex material that can be hammered / hammered.

After the above process, the material that has cooled then entered the stage of welding. At this stage the material that has been in the pattern will be welded in accordance with the size of the design of the desired shape. The next process is the stage of making a hammered pattern corresponding to the shape of the product, such as vases, bowl, basin, bath tube, etc.

on stage with a hammer forged, there are two techniques, namely “buko” (forged widened) and “ngimpes” (forged into). The tool used is a hammer and iron railroads as the pad. This phase is done to obtain the desired shape models. Once this stage is completed, the next process is the forge of pattern hammered or give texture pattern as desired. There are several pattern texture that is “babaran” (honeycomb pattern), chopped (spikes fall), wild, orange texture and much more.

After the process of making the texture, then the next stage is the stage of finishing shape, namely sandpapering and polishing. This is the most crucial process in which the quality of goods is determined. Need high skill and patience in sandpapering and polishing, because it affects art and the quality of the goods. It using sandpaper from coarse sandpaper until the smooth one. As for the polishing, it using the green stones and petrol/kerosene to produce a shinny colors.

Then the next step is the drying process and the process of coating/plating. In the coating process, there are two options, namely matte/doff and shiny. It depends on the buyer. In this stage we use spray system with compressor, while the materials we choose are Sikkens for shinny and Petelac to the matte/doff. The mixture composition is 3 to 2 of Sikkens/Petelac and Hardener/Thinner, so it will produce a strong layer, to overcome the oxidation of the copper/brass. Thus, the goods that produced are strong against the weather, both sun and rain. So it can be placed inside and outside the room.

 

  • Care Tips for Crafts Made of Copper and Brass
  • Care Tips for Crafts Made of Copper and Brass
  • Care Tips for Crafts Made of Copper and Brass

Care Tips for Crafts Made of Copper and Brass

This article is about how to care copper and brass craft according to the color and type of finishing. As you know, we use a standard production finishing with a quality coating technique on every product that we produce. There are two types of coatings that we usually use; clear, shiny(polish) and matte.

Copper with any finishing, including glossy (polish) has no need of care. Basically our  craft copper production is maintenance-free, unless the products are requested not to added the coating finishing. Finishing clear coating is used to keep the colors are not easily changed and more weather resistant, so that the copper craft are suitable for use outdoors and indoors.

Copper, brass or aluminum handicraft  that has been in finishing can keep the color even if used as a place of water (fountains, bathtub, bowl, keg, jars, sink) or used with detergent. Even the beauty of a copper color is maintained even though the product is in place outdoors where it will always be exposed to heat and rain (statues, dome mosques and fountains), because we use high-quality coatings finishing.

The main protection that must be done is to avoid salt water and acid. Because of the chemical elements attached to the coating in a high intensity and continuous, it will damage the coating layer and then change the color of the metal, either copper or brass which will usually change color to green antique (Green Patina). Of course this does not only apply to copper/brass, but also against all kinds of metals, wood and plastic.

However, oxidized copper and brass is actually able to provide added value, because it gives the impression of an antique looks. Copper and brass will not be damaged and destroyed, but will further raise the value of the art products, this is the advantage of using copper and brass that we offer with the high quality of the coating finishing.

If the products do not use the high quality coating finishing, it can be clean by using Lansol (green stone) or Brasso, then rub and wipe gently until shine again. But if it is already finished in clear coating then clean it only with soft and wipe dry.

 

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