Purple Fade: Weather Vessel Update 1

It’s been almost a month since I created the experiment, Weather Vessel, to watch the effects the outdoors would have on various colored wire crochet work.

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I had high hopes the color would last for at least 6 months or so before there was   fading. Unfortunately, some changes are quite noticeable already! The Dark Purple colored aluminum has already faded to a lovely lavender. In another month I expect it to be completely silver.

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The warm burgundy base rows of the vessel were once a bright magenta colored copper wire. The areas the original magenta color chipped off and are now bare copper did patina a dark brown as expected. Now I’m curious as to how long it will be before it turns green.

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So far it looks like the other colors are holding up well. I’m watching that row of brown colored copper wire closely as it looks like it may be the next one to fade away.

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Crochet work involves a lot of sitting, which leads to thinking, which inevitably leads to trouble. The deep shattering realization that there are no pink butterflies eventually brought me around to what will I do when I have finished the Butterfly Flight Prep installation piece?

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This trouble had me creating this multicolored vessel as step one in my experiment to take my colored copper wire crochet sculpture work outside.

A nice little piece measuring 9cm x 10cm x 8cm (2 1/2″ x 4″ x 3 1/4″)

Of course, the first question is how well will it hold up to the weather long term? Then comes, How fast will the colors fade in the sunlight? And How soon will the color coating start peeling?

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Now is the perfect time to let this piece ferment in the sun & rain for a few months.

Each layer of color is it’s own experiment. Starting with the large 20 gauge fuscia colored copper wire. It is a destash piece from my earliest experiments and suffered a bit of chipped paint from the pliers I used.

The next row of light blue is a colored copper wire that has a thin layer of silver plating before the light blue color was added. Copper is too dark of a metal for manufacturers to provide light colors without some kind of treatment. In this case, silver so this row is likely to react a bit differently than the other rows of simply colored copper wire.

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The row of Purple is colored aluminum wire so that may react differently than the other rows also.

The remaining rows are simply various colors and wire gauges to check for sun fading or other concerns I hadn’t thought of.

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