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It really depends on the source of the copper.

Copper from electrial service is quite often a heart break for the use.

It seems that it has some oxide and trace metal inclusion that make it unsuitable for sculptural work.

Ivan Bailey, A well known Artist Smith, during a demonstraion of making three dimensional birds for use in gates, related the story of buying several pieces of copper to complete a curved stair railing for a customer in Atlanta that, after bending the individual pieces to fit, tried to fit them to the Rail support only to find that everytime he made the atempt the rail cracked at the joints.

He finally had to buy copper that was intend for sculptural use and sell the first, electrical copper, for scrap.

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