Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Leaf journey….

I'm in the process of getting together a stash of hammered metal objects for a new wood and art gallery being opened by a colleague this coming weekend.

As part of the process I decided to make some of my larger patinated copper leaves that could become tabletop 'decorative art'. Thought I'd share some of the photos of the journey - the number of steps in the process always intrigues me.

Recycled copper blanks cut, annealed, folded, cut to leaf shape and hammered.

©2014 Barry Smith - Leaf forms - hammered - looking pretty scrungy
Annealed again and opened.

©2014 Barry Smith - The beauty of heat treated copper
Ground and polished on the wheel.

©2014 Barry Smith - Metal taking on new life
Pickled, washed and patina solution added.

©2014 Barry Smith - Group patination
©2014 Fiona Dempster - Artist at work?  - photo on the sly!!!
Fixative spray applied

©2014 Barry Smith - Closer to the finish
Ready for the gallery - I intend to sell them in groups of three.

©2014 Barry Smith - A artistic grouping
Lovely journey from rubbish to the hallway table!!! The leaf forms range in size from about 200mm-250mm.


  1. these are wonderful Barry
    in the top photo the leaves looked like canoes to me
    wishing you a great show

  2. The alchemy of art... transformation is so wonderful to witness, isn't it?

  3. Lovely to see the colours change, B, and by the last photo the colour and patina is stunning!

  4. Hi P, TL, VA & C - sorry for belated response to your supportive comments. The leaves now grace the fine furniture in Rhyce's gallery. And not is good to know there are other lovers of copper patina out there. Go well - peace. B


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