This diamond embossed copper cuff was made after a metalsmith class in Wilmington, NC., by Melissa Manley. Each class we took from her was packed with insight and knowledge that can only be gained through experience. She did not teach us a project, she taught us a skill. That skill we had to apply to our own creation. I fell instantly in love with embossing on metal and in particular, copper. Embossed copper can have so many different looks. I love it after it is dipped in liver of sulpher. The solution gives the piece instant age and depth. It is a chemical that is as stinky as it is useful. It’s hard to mistake the odor of rotten eggs produced by liver of sulfur. But don’t let the smell scare you, because nothing else can produce such eye-catching color on the surface. This mysterious solution creates colors as dark as night or as beautiful as an iridescent rainbow and they range from subtle gold to magenta, purple, and everything in between. I like to seal my pieces after I get the look I want.
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