Belle Armoire Jewelry. Thanks, Lisa Weber! Lisa's leaves were exquisitely done in silver but I have a copper budget and a few pennies that I have hoarded since the Canadian penny became obsolete.
I started by rolling the pennies flat in my rolling mill (a recent acquisition). Then after a few more steps: annealing, quenching, folding, cutting, texturing, annealing, quenching, pickling, unfolding, filing, bending, sanding and cleaning, they were ready for the patina. And after making more than a dozen leaves, so was I!
|MAPP gas torch|
|Peanut oil and MAPP gas torch|
|Ammonia and salt|
I tried some other experiments that didn't give any noticeable results, such as lye, urea, and sodium bisulphate. But I'll keep playing and share the results here....eventually.
I finished my pieces off with a coat or two of Renaissance Wax. You can also use S100 which is a wax available at your local Harley dealer for polishing the metal on motorbikes. It's a mix of carnauba wax and beeswax.