Cobre Hand-Hammered Copper
Frequently Asked Questions:

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General Copper Questions

Can I put water in my copper vase?
Yes, our copper vases are water tight. However, water will eventually discolor the finish on the inside of the vase. If your vase has a wide mouth opening, the discoloration will be visible. We are happy to seal the inside surface of the vase so it will not discolor. Just ask us!

Can I use my copper tray for serving food?

It is not advised to put food in direct contact with copper.  You will need to line your copper tray with clear plastic or glass to keep the food from coming in contact with the copper. A simple solution is to use large lettuce leaves as a base under your food.

Do I need to polish my copper? What should I use?

We recommend that you DON'T polish your copper pieces. Polishing will diminish the unique heat patina finish. If your copper develops a dull finish, a fine steel wool or a coarse-napped terry cloth can be used to restore its luster.

Why isn't my copper shiny?

Cobre copper is crafted using a centuries-old bonfire method. The copper is heated in a bonfire and then worked with hammers to create the designs. The flame, ash and soot from this process produces a rich chestnut heat patina finish.  By the way, this bonfire method is completely natural.  No chemicals are used to achieve the patina.

Where does the copper come from?

The artisans live and work in the highlands of Michoacan in Central Mexico. Years ago there were active copper mines in the region, but they have been closed for decades.  All our copper is reclaimed scrap copper--very earth-friendly!

Is the copper pure?

The copper is 99.9% pure.

Are the pieces made from a mold?

No molds are used. The artists use a pattern and individually craft each piece by hand, hammered from a single piece of copper.

Rain Chain FAQs:

Do Rain Chains really work?
Absolutely - just click this link
testimonials to read some of our customer comments.  Rain chains channel water from the gutter to the ground, just like a downspout. They work well for light or heavy rainfall. (We live in Oregon, so we know something about rain!)

Check out the video of our rain chains in action:

• link chain      • cup chain

Cobre is proud to offer an unconditional guarantee with our copper rain chains and rain cups. If you are dissatisfied with your rain chain/cup performance, we will accept your return.  Please note that we cannot accept product for return that has been damaged, altered or is unsatisfactory for resale.  Please refer to our terms and conditions for the procedure on returns.

Will the color of my rain chain change over time?

Within a month, the shiny copper will oxidize to a rich chestnut brown patina. If you live by salt water your copper rain chain may turn green.

How do I install the rain chain? 

Click on this link install link to view all you need to know about our simple do it yourself installation.

How heavy is a rain chain? Will my gutter support it?

Ten feet of copper rain chain  weighs about 5 pounds. A normal gutter is designed to hold much more weight than this.  If you have any questions check with you local gutter company.

How many feet of rain chain do I need to order?

The length of your rain chain is a personal preference, i.e., the "look" you want to achieve. Some people want the chain to touch the ground,  while others like to have the chain hanging above the ground and watch the water runoff .  We prefer the "puddled" look.   Please click this link to view  puddled link.

The winters are very harsh where I live. Do I need to take my rain chain down?

If you live in a climate with lots of snow, ice and freezing temperatures, we recommend that you take your rain chain down before winter sets in. It's easy to take the rain chain down: just remove the clip from the chain. In the spring you can re-install it just as easily.

Should I secure the end of the rain chain?

If you live in a windy area, we recommend securing the end of the rain chain. One way to do this is to order an additional 2 feet that will "pool" on the ground. Or, you can anchor the end with a pin or hook.  Check with your local garden center or hardware store for ideas.

Where does the rain chain drain?

Your rain chain functions just like the downspout you have now and will drain in the same manner.

Will my copper rain chain cause electrolysis damage to my aluminum gutter?

If your gutter is painted, there is no cause to worry about electrolysis. If your gutter is unpainted, you need to laquer the gutter clip to prevent electrolysis.

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Copper Sink FAQs

What will happen to the finish of my copper sink when I use it?

We seal the finish of your copper sink before shipping to protect the surface from water and food. We include a free jar of the sealer with your order. When the seal is in place, water will bead on the surface of the copper. Over time, the beading will diminish. When you notice this, it is time to reapply the sealer.

Your copper sink has a heat patina finish. It is a "living" finish, which means it will change over time depending on use.

Minimize contact with certain foods: citrus (lemons, limes, oranges, etc.), vinegar and alcohol spirits, as they can leave a shiny spot. If any of these foods are in your sink, rinse the sink quickly and thoroughly with water. If a shiny spot does appear, it will oxidize quickly (a couple of weeks). After it darkens, reseal the spot with the sealer.

Where do I get the hardware to go with my copper sink?

The best place to go is your local kitchen and bath showroom. They have access to the catalogs of all the major hardware manufacturers, as well as samples and expertise.

How long do I have to wait for my sink?

All our copper sinks in stock, and ready to ship.  We offer expedited UPS shipping (1, 2 or 3 days service).

Can I get a copper sink in a custom size?

All our sink designs can be sized up or sized down for a custom fit.  Contact [email protected]  for a quote.

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