Working with a copper sink company that offers custom sinks will open a world of design possibilities. It is even better when the company has a direct relationship with the artisans who make the sinks. This assures you can customize the options you need in your copper kitchen, bath or bar sink.
Copper sinks are well suited for both country and modern interiors. They can be installed in either an under counter mount or a drop-in mount. Sometimes referred to as apron front sinks, farmhouse sinks come in a variety of sizes, shapes and in different configurations (i.e., single bowl, double bowl and even triple bowl versions).
Bathroom sinks are generally available in three styles: vessel, drop-in or under counter mount. Under counter mount and drop in is essentially the same style, often differing only in the finish applied at the rim or lip area and the decorative detailing on a visible border.
Copper sinks can have a smooth finish or hammered finish. When deciding between these finishes there are a couple things to keep in mind. The first is your style preference. A smoothly finished sink usually has a modernist or contemporary styling. A hammered sink has a warm, hand-crafted appeal.
Second, think about how the sink will be used. A smooth surface copper sink is a bit more difficult to maintain because fingerprints and scratches will show. The hammered surface sink will be more forgiving. Bumps from pots and pans can mar a smooth surface, but will not show on a hammered surface.
A great example of copper’s patina process can be seen in the Statue of Liberty. Lady Liberty’s skin and gown are made from 3/32 inch thick copper sheeting (about the thickness of two pennies together). When it was first assembled in New York harbor it had not yet oxidized. Over the years standing in the harsh elements of the harbor it has oxidized and today is most recognizable with its verdigris patina.
A copper sink can be made with its own natural patina or an applied patina. Copper Sinks Online offers four beautiful patinas:
- Copper finishes
- Matte Copper patina is just like a newly minted penny
- Cafe Natural patina replicates the look of aged copper
- Dark Smoke patina is a dark patina created using high heat
- Rio Grande patina is created in a two-step process first darkening then buffing
If you choose you can greatly reduce this natural oxidation process by using a protective coating of wax.