The Living Finishes of Thompson Traders

Published On August 16, 2017

Thompson Traders is pleased to present its living finishes. The beauty of copper is its living finish or patina, which builds over time and works as a protective coating. The patina is a rich, weathered finish with light and dark tones complementing each other and creating the unique and original effect of copper. Living finishes from Thompson Traders include: Rose Gold, Fired Copper, Black Copper, Antique Copper and Verde Copper.

“Copper heals itself,” said Alejandra Thompson, Founder and Creative Director, for Thompson Traders, during a presentation at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show earlier this year. Watch the subtle changes over the course of a year on a double bowl copper kitchen sink featuring a living finish.

Dispelling Two Common Copper Myths When It Comes to Maintaining a Living Finish:

Copper is difficult to maintain. Copper sinks develop a rich patina over time. It’s what makes each Thompson Traders sink unique. Nurturing copper’s natural beauty is low maintenance, and with care, sinks can last for generations. Find out more here.

Copper will turn green. Copper does not turn green in normal household environments, although soaps can contain mild acids and salts that may create an oxide that is other than brown. While the Statue of Liberty skin is pure copper just like our sinks, it is constantly exposed to ocean salt spray which contains chloride salts, resulting in a green-blue patina of copper chloride rather than the medium-brown copper oxide that is formed on the surface of a penny.

Normal copper oxide colors develop from deep red at the first stages of oxidation to reddish brown as the oxide layer builds up to old-penny brown when the oxide layer is fully formed. Occasional exposure to household bleach, soap and similar cleaning agents will not cause copper to turn green provided it is not allowed to remain on the surface too long, and if unwanted discoloration occurs, it is normally easy to remove with finger nails or a nylon scraper.

About Thompson Traders

Thompson Traders is the largest decorative metals product provider in the United States, with a focus on copper. Located in Greensboro, NC, the company is family-owned and operated. Working with artisans in Mexico and India, Thompson Traders transforms the highest-quality materials into one-of-a-kind designs for the home. Each piece is handcrafted, unique and possesses a story that is all its own. For more information, visit www.thompsontraders.com