Amanda Coburn is using a torch to anneal a piece of copper.
Copper that doesn't have the
green patina can be hot worked.
Keeping the copper
in the community
It was Roxanne Munksgaard, co-owner of Maine Jewelry and Art,
who came up with the idea of using the copper for jewelry making.
The majority of the roof was already sold as scrap when Roxanne
presented her idea of preserving the rest for the community in
the form of jewelry and other usable items. Barbara McDade, executive
director of the Bangor Public Library, agreed. Since January 2014
we have been making jewelry as part of the fundraising for the
renovation project at the library. And thanks to great response
from the public, we have been able to raise a substantial amount
of money for the renovation.
How we make
Over time all copper will get a green patina, called Verdigris.
It's a green pigment that develops naturally as the copper is
exposed to air and water.
It has been a challenge to work with the copper and at the same
time preserve the patina. For instance, we would lose the patina
if we used heat or tried to solder the copper. We had to come
up with many creative ideas, using various techniques such as
riveting, stamping, engraving, hammering, and metal etching.
So far we have been able to make hundreds of items with different
Anne Reigstad is removing dirt and discoloring from the copper
with a steel brush on a drill press.
Roxanne Munksgaard is making smooth edges on a bookmark with
a flex shaft.