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I like working with copper.  It can have nice shine or can have a beautiful patina.  When I make my copper leaves I generally give them a flame induced patina which gives them an iridescent colored surface.  Always unique and unpredictable.  Here is a description: The leaf is fashioned from copper sheet material by first cutting the leaf shape and then shaping the details.  Once the leaf is shaped a torch flame is applied multiple times between water coolings.  It takes many flame applications to bring out the color.  It is completely unpredictable and the process of flaming the copper is repeated until a pleasing result occurs. 
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