At room temperature copper is in the solid state. It is a pure and natural material, with just the right hardness for forging and is resistant to corrosion, which gives it excellent durability and functionality.
Due to the attractive appearance and the previously mentioned features it is extremely popular with craftsmen who turn copper plates into beautiful decorative products, kitchenware, and distillers.
The art of creating copper and bronze is not something to be learned in school or on the internet. Our craftsmen have learned the craft from their ancestors through a long process of everyday learning and upgrading its technology. Such a craftsman needs a lot of manual skills so that he can create decorative products with strict accuracy.
In a very short and laic way, you can read here how such products are made:
- Copper plates are measured, marked and cut so that the sizes correspond the further shaping with the hammer in the desired shape.
- If the client wishes to have products with the old fashioned appearance, these products are subjected to a specific procedure of oxidation and aging before welding. In the case of simple shapes, they are already welded during this step.
- Pieces with visible relief are re-exposed shaping with a hammer.
- The copper is heated to a high temperature and then washed with water.
- The process is repeated until all the components are manufactured, which are welded into a whole in this step.
Some products are made from a single piece of copper, which are formed in the machine with the mould, and welding is not required.
Some cookware is coated inside with tin, in order to prevent corrosion and to extend the lifespan of the product. This also allows you to cook acidic foods, which usually damage copper and destroy it.
The method of producing a tin coating is as follows:
- the container is filled with bleach and is thus allowed to stand for some time; the bleach is removed and the container is cleaned;
- a special coating is sprayed to prevent oxidation and to help tin to stick to the container easier;
- the container is heated until the coating is browned;
- while holding the container over a hot fire, the tin is applied by rubbing it all over the container until the desired thickness is achieved;
- the excess of tin is removed with a cotton glove. Procedure (2 and 3) are repeated as long as the entire surface of the container is coated;
- the container is wiped with a cotton cloth;
- once cooled, the container is cleaned with steel straw and a dishwashing detergent;
- at the end, the container is polished both inside and outside.
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