I love to work with copper because it’s malleable and its rich colourings make it an attractive base-material to hand-beat into beautiful shapes. And it won’t rust but it will turn a stunning shade of green, known as verdigris, if it’s kept outside.
Copper is semi-precious and man’s oldest metal dating back more than 10,000 years. It was first used by Neolithic man as a substitute for stone around 8000 B.C.
Today, copper is widely used in building construction and architecture, industry, transportation, and consumer and health products.
Restaurateurs, hoteliers and interior decorators use copper as a naturally inviting metal that makes a statement of quality, comfort and beauty.
My copper pieces are completely food-safe if regularly cleaned and stored in a dry place.
Outdoor use is fine for bird food and I’d recommend, as with all feed containers, that it’s periodically cleaned to remove any build-up of verdigris. If used for decorative purposes only the copper can be left to “green” outside.