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Creative Technology With Impact Metal
Creative Technology With Impact Metal

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Video: Creative Technology With Impact Metal
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Metal in its colors inspired master painter Ferdinand Weipert to use innovative surface techniques. This episode deals with creative design options with the impact metal copper.

Author & Photos: Ferdinand Weipert

In our highly technological age, copper has become one of the most important raw materials in modern electrical engineering and communication technology thanks to its excellent electrical conductivity and good corrosion properties. Thanks to its good corrosion properties, the reddish metal is also used in modern housing. Both water pipes and fittings as well as roofs and gutters are made of non-ferrous metal. Copper forms a protective oxide layer on the surface with the oxygen in the air, which protects the underlying metal from environmental influences and corrosion. This patina is characterized by colors in green and brown tones.


The history of non-ferrous metals begins around 10,000 years ago. It was then that copper was first used by people. Copper is present in many places in the earth's crust and is partly exposed in pure form above copper ore deposits due to natural erosion on the surface. This made it easy to remove the copper from the surface and continue to use it. Over time, people refined the processing of copper by melting, hammering, and alloying with other metals. The time between the first discovery of copper and the first further processing from copper to bronze is known as the copper age. Knowledge of the non-ferrous metal spread in the younger Stone Age from the Near East and Egypt to Central Europe. WeaponsTools and many everyday objects made of metal. Ötzi, the man from the ice, also carried an ax with a copper blade. Due to the industrialization and commercial use of electricity, demand rose steadily. Today's copper production is around 19 million tons annually, and the trend is rising.

The creative techniques in this episode deal with the use of copper in the form of impact metal.

Cyan wave

The technique "Cyan wave" is characterized by the wave-like structure in copper colors on the blue turquoise colors of the surface. Due to the free structuring of the filler, this technology can also be used over a large area. Each processor can bring their own signature and creativity here. First you have to sand the surface and apply a thin layer of structural gel or filler. The filler is then structured using a natural sponge. The applied milk is applied to the dried filler. In the next step, the copper leaf metal is created over the entire surface.

After the applied milk has dried completely - usually 48 hours - the oxidizing agent can be applied with a brush. Now the copper begins to change color. The process can be repeated any number of times until the desired discoloration is achieved. The surface is then sealed with Zapon lacquer. For the shiny tips, they are broken on the structured filler with sanding block and P320 sandpaper. Now the milk can only be applied to the previously broken tips with a hard foam or foam rubber roller and coated with copper. Finally, another seal with zappon varnish or clear varnish is applied using the spray process.

Floral texture

Grandma's tablecloth is used for the second technique “floral texture”. Lace tablecloths and curtains are suitable for the design of modern surfaces. Due to the large number of patterns available, an individual design can be made to match the customer's existing furnishing style.

In the first step, the tablecloth or curtain is placed on the surface and tightened. The material is then leveled off with a dispersion filler. It is important to carefully pull out the fabric immediately after applying the filler. The pattern of the fabric is transferred to the surface. The filler must now dry completely. Then the milk is applied thinly and the entire surface is covered with copper. Then the oxidizing agent No. 2 is applied. The oxidation process leads to the discoloration of the surface, which is sealed with Zapon lacquer after the desired effect has been achieved. A second sheet metal was used in this technique. There was a secondpartial application of the milk with a hard neoprene roller on the protruding structure. This area was covered with silver leaf, at the end the surface was sealed again with Zaponlack.

The basics part 1

Surfaces refined with the impact metal copper can develop an unusual color through targeted oxidation.

The protruding structures were covered with silver leaf.

Photo: Ferdinand Weipert

The pattern of "grandmother's lace doily" provides the basis for this surface.

Photo: Ferdinand Weipert

The filler is applied thinly

and structured with a natural sponge.

Photo: Ferdinand Weipert

The surface is covered with the impact metal

and then oxidized.

Photo: Ferdinand Weipert

The tips of the structured filler are broken with sandpaper (P320).

Photo: Ferdinand Weipert

A hard foam

roller transfers the contact milk only to the tips.

Photo: Ferdinand Weipert

"Cyan wave". The surface is protected with a zapon lacquer.

Photo: Ferdinand Weipert

The tip is stretched and filled with a dispersion filler.

Photo: Ferdinand Weipert

The fabric must be removed from the filler immediately after application.

Photo: Ferdinand Weipert

The oxidizing agent 2 is applied to the surface covered with copper.

Photo: Ferdinand Weipert


The recipes

Oxidizer No. 4

100 ml of distilled water

1.6 g of sulfur liver

21 g ammonium chloride

Oxidizer No. 2

100 ml of distilled water

2.5 g of sulfur liver

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