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Copper Crenelated Sink by ou8nrtist2 Copper Crenelated Sink by ou8nrtist2
This is one of my CRENELATED COPPER SINKS integrally cast in a polished concrete counter top. By this I mean, I MAKE AND FORM THE SINK SEPARATELY FIRST,then it is cast in the counter top.For this I partner with Patrick Miller of bohemianstoneworks.com
Those large pebbles on the left were collected by the client at the beach and incorporated into the piece.
The THE WHOLE UNIT IS CAST UPSIDE DOWN in Pat's shop using high performance cement of his own proprietary mixture,on specially made VERY FLAT casting tables(which I built). There is an array of small pins welded to the side of the sink buried in the mix so that it cannot escape...
I make this crenelated design in stainless steel and bronze as well,in both integrally cast versions(as you see here) and in the surface mount configuration as well.All my sinks are at least 1/8 inch thick.
The process for shaping the sinks is done by PUSHING a round flat disk down into a female (hemispherical)form (or several)with an 85 ton arbor press. The edges of the sink deform as I push it down,and I've come to learn how to control those "CRENELATIONS" somewhat. So each sink is shaped slightly differently and remains one-of-a-kind even though I start with a similar round flat disk blank on all of them.
I have been a student of organic design(shapes from Nature)all my life. This process of UNIQUE REPLICATION satisfies my appreciation for distinct hand made artifacts while at the same time qualifying as SERIAL MANUFACTURE.
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Vivienne-Mercier Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is stunningly beautiful! I love copper, and when it is highly polished like this, it is prettier than gold, in my opinion. Is there some kind of sealer on it to prevent tarnishing? How does one properly clean an item like this, to make sure it doesn't become discolored?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional
It does take maintenance polishing about once a month.Others like the natural patina and just let it go...
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ProfessorBats Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Beautiful
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional
Thank you Professor...
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RhouenRhu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
;-) great ;-)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional
Thanks Rhu...
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LissaMonster Featured By Owner May 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! You make such pretty things.

Also, you were the inspiration for my latest journal feature theme: Kitchen stuff. :) See here: [link]
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 21, 2008  Professional
Ah madam ,you honor me...
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LissaMonster Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It's fun finding (and sharing!) unique things! :ahoy:
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JigsawDoll Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:omfg: great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008  Professional
Thanks..
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tyrnau Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
alll ist perfect. again
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Professional
A bit more maintenance than stainless steel for sure,
but a more dramatic presence as well...
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DinkyTiny Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
absolutely gorgeous
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional
Thank you...
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Copper, groovy. That's my favorite metal :D
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Professional
Soft and easy to form,
great textures and surface patina possibilities,
but difficult to weld (not solder).
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh yeah, Steel welds so well because it doesn't conduct heat so easily as copper... but I wonder how well it tigs?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Professional
Steel TIGs quite well .
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sharkinfested Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
WOW! That is beautiful!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Professional
Thank you shark girl...
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verdigrisjester Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
Look, no one polished it, so verdigris showed up. (that has to be the worst joke I've ever come up with) - In all seriousness though, beautiful. as per usual. I'm a little confused (normal for me)- Did you cast the copper in the prepoured counter, or pour the counter around the bowl?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007  Professional
If YOU were confused by the artist's comments,then in all likelihood, others who know less than you about metal were too.
So I've added a considerable amount to the explanation. Check it out when you have time,and tell me if it is clear enough now.
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verdigrisjester Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
lol- absolutely. I didn't know whether you were casting the copper by making a mold right in the concrete that was poured or if it was pressed first. lol - sorry, casting, stamping and extrusions are things I'm aware of, but not very well versed in. I'm an assclown, lol - sorry for the ignorant question.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007  Professional
Don't be sorry,
I needed to clarify. I get that same question all the time...
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verdigrisjester Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
well, at least I don't feel so foolish. I shoulda seen the part about "pins welded onto the bowl". only way you could do that is prepour. So minus 5 points for not paying attention. -Unless you are magic or something. which you may very well be, lol.
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Ignisburns Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007
Amazing! :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007  Professional
Thank you friend...
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AJGlass Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is stunningly beautiful.

The color and shine of the copper contrasts nicely with the counter top.

Incredible work. :thumbsup:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional
Thank you so much,
your glass work is most interesting as well.
I'm curious where you are located...
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AJGlass Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. :thanks:

I'm located in the State of Michigan. :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Professional
Stay warm...
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timjo Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
At first glance this one looked loke some kind 3D rendering job for me, the perfected polish reminds me about the textures of CGI.
I'm simply amazed how gorgeous the shiny wavy copper surface can look... pity that it oxidizes so quickly.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional
This photo was after a month of use.
Car wax works quite well to preserve the finish...
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timjo Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
So it would seem... needs to be rewaxed now and then, though.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional
Yes absolutely...
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Caged2007 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
oh! fun fun fun for the lady of the house or whoever cleans the silver :P

they do look amazingly gorgeous when they are shiny but need to be polished with brasso or equivelant every week or 15 days at the most otherwise the "green " effect gets so prominant is almost imposible to polish wirhout some power tool ,,,,,

looks fantastastic sir ,,as per usual your work is first class :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional
Yes,I advise them always of this.
I had one most eccentric but delightful woman client who simply wanted to let it go to verdigris. It was a bronze sink. I saw it after a month and I thought it looked cool,but that's fine for a powder room ,but not a kitchen...
Toothpaste works as well as brasso.
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Caged2007 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
toothpaste goes under the heading of "equivalent" lol. but i didnt know that , thanks for the info,,i will keep it in mind :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional
Only to be used when you're out of the other...
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
Well, it looks gorgeous. How thick is the copper?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Professional
11 gauge.
All my sinks are 11ga.
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galvanicprince Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
What do you use to clean it? Just ordinary soap?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Professional
Good question,
When it is polished out to this degree ,yes soap and water is all that is needed, but it must be regular as copper tends to go to verdigris (oxidize) rather quickly...
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