Splash of Copper Lorie Luipold Globe, AZ
Splash of Copper is a family-owned copper splash-manufacturing business in Globe, AZ, a small copper-mining community. The splash production began about 2007 when Lorie’s father and uncle, both former copper miners who loved rocks and metal, decided they wanted to create something unique from the mine’s copper waste. They met with mining officials, agreed upon a contract to extract the waste, and partnered with a smelting operation in town.
Nowadays, Lorie, who lives in Globe, manufactures and distributes the pieces.
The collected copper waste is melted to liquid at the smelter. After reaching 2,000 degrees °F, the molten copper is scooped into various-sized ladles and splashed onto a cold metal surface. After resting 1-2 minutes, the splashes are scooped by shovel and dropped into a tank of cold water to set and cool the piece. Once the splash is poured, the copper that remains inside the ladle is knocked out, forming a vase or bowl.
After several days when the copper is completely cooled, it is buffed, polished and/or heated with an acetylene torch to create a patina effect. This process brings out the variety of colors visible in each piece.