Copper Candelabra of Andrzej Gutek

I was inspired to make candle holders when I visited Mark Smith's studio. Mark makes wonderful wind chimes from aluminum pipes. My first candelabrum was made from copper pipes that were left over from a plumbing project. I used only a torch, copper pipes, solder, and some imagination.
I fabricated the candelabrum on the left in 1998. It is one of my favorites. This piece received an Honorable Mention Award in The Best of Tennessee Crafts 2000 Biennial Exhibit. The surface of the copper was sealed with polyurethane. Click on the image for an enlarged view.

I made the candelabrum on the right in October of 1999. The surface of the copper has a greenish patina which was produced by applying a mixture of ammonia, salt, water and copper sulphate. The surface was then sealed with polyurethane. Click on the image for an enlarged view.

The book that introduced me to metalworking was The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight, published by Davis Publications, Inc. in 1991. A fantastic source of information about patinas can be found in The Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals by Richard Hughes and Michael Rowe, published by Watson-Guptill Publications.

Juried Shows:
2000 TACA Biennial Exhibition - The Best of Tennessee Crafts (Honorable Mention Award).
  • JUNE 8 - AUGUST 6, Carroll Reece Museum, Johnson City, Tennessee.
  • AUGUST 24 - OCTOBER 20, Christian Brothers University Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • NOVEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 31, McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, Athens, Tennessee.

Links to my other pages:
Polaroid Image Transfer
Art and Crafts of Cameroon
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Designed by the late Andrzej Gutek. Maintained by Carol Ventura.