Color Copper Inlay (Texas Ash Bowl)

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Project by RichardH posted 04-12-2010 04:03 AM 2256 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Height: 3”
Width: 9”

I got this idea a while back after seeing some of the posts for colored copper garden gates. Eventually want to do some bigger stuff, but just starting small with some samples I received in the mail this week.

By the way, I ordered a sample pack from and I really like the look of many of these. I have to admit, I had some issues at first getting a perfectly round inlay, and the shiny ring was more cleaning up a mistake when I accidentally nicked the edge of the copper inlay with a finishing tool. On the plus side, the shiny ring is kind of eye catching and helps identify it as metal vs. a painted finish.

I have around 14 more samples to go…a few will go to bowl or vase bottoms like this…a couple more may go to some bandsaw boxes I’ve been putting off. Any other good ideas out there for using up these little 4” or 5” swatches?


-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#1 posted 04-12-2010 04:11 AM

Thanks for posting. I have some thin narrow copper I’ve been toying with the idea of useing in a project. Great job.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#2 posted 04-12-2010 06:06 AM

that looks great i will have to try some of it keep it up

-- jim nevada

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#3 posted 04-12-2010 07:26 AM

Fantastic! Love the use of metal with wood. The shiny edge sets off the patina very well. Great combo of colors.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 04-12-2010 11:54 AM

Very nice bowl, like the inlay also like to 2 line round the outside. great job

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............

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#5 posted 04-13-2010 04:43 AM

very cool

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#6 posted 04-13-2010 05:22 PM

Neat combination of materials. I agree that the shiny edge sets it off very nicely and adds to the effect.

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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#7 posted 02-08-2011 07:26 PM

How did you attach the copper to the wood? Did you just use CA glue?

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#8 posted 02-08-2011 08:23 PM

I settled on 2 part epoxy for attaching the copper though I was a little concerned. So far, it has held up well, but there may be a better solution.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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