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FAQ 

FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

* How durable is a copper table top?

A copper table top is very durable, and harder than wood, but it is a piece of furniture that will be used daily. Take care of it as you would a table top of a different material. We suggest using coasters and place mats to avoid unwanted "stains" or scratches (unusual).

*Can you put a varnish or lacquer on the table top?

Yes you can, however, we do not recommend it as they do not adhere well to copper and tend to flake off. If the varnish gets a scratch there is no way to fix it.

*Can the counter top be cut before receiving a sink?

Since our sinks are hand crafted, they can vary slightly in size by a few millimeters from the original order. It is recommended that the counter maker have the sink for precise measurements.

*What is the difference between a drop-in sink and an undermount sink?

A drop-in sink sits on top of the counter. The rim of the sink is exposed. Most sinks tend to be drop-in. The rim of an undermounted sink will sit below the counter and not be exposed. Our drop-in sinks have a flat rim and can be undermounted.

*Are copper sinks noisy?

Like any metal sink, a copper sink will have a metallic noise to it. However, copper is unlike bell metals, such as brass. It doesn't not have a strong resonant ring. If noice becomes a concern, you can attach a sound-proofing pad to the sink, sticking it to the underside after installation, to reduce the noise.

*Can the patina peel off?

Our patinas are not painted on. Each patina is created with heat which rapidly oxidizes the copper. It will continue to oxidize slowly over time. It cannot peel off.

*Will the patina of a copper sink change over time?

Because copper is a living material, the patina will naturally change over time. To retard the change and to aid in water run off, it is recommended that the sink be waxed or oiled periodically.

*Are copper sinks hard to care for?

In fact, a copper sink is easy to care for. Just clean it with a mild soap and water then pat it dry. Never use an abrasive cleaner as this will affect the patina and could scratch the surface.

*Are there any foods that will affect the patina?

Acidic foods that are allowed to sit on the product will cause shiny patches of uneven patina. Remember that copper is a living material and will naturally renew itself over time. Leave the area free of wax or oil to allow the copper to re-oxidize.

*Where can accessories be purchased that complement the sink?

Any plumbing supply store will have either readily available accessories or will have catalogs from which to order. Brass or weathered copper faucets, drain baskets, disposal flanges can be purchased through your local plumbing supply outfit. We now stock a sink drain, lavatory drain, and disposal flange and stopper, each in 2 patinas, which can be ordered online.

*Will a water glass leave a ring on my copper table?

A water ring will can be left on a copper table top if it sits too long on the table, but it is normally a ring that is in the wax or furniture polish you have used. Again, the ring will disappear over time.. It is suggested that after cleaning your table with soap and water that you dry it with a soft cloth.

*How can I make my copper table top look shiny?

Our coppersmiths do not use lacquer on their products. All of their finishes or patinas are created with a wax product and heat. If you would like to make your product shiny with a lacquer, you will need to use a lacquer made for copper. Again, we do not recommend it. Also, please remember that lacquer should never be used on any food preparation or consumption surfaces.

*Do your copper sinks have overflow holes?

We can make your sink with an overflow hole for an extra charge because we specialize in custom design, we can make a sink anyway a customer prefers.

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