The three-dimensional design is a more complicated format in comparison to the swell-bodied format. This method consists of multiple patterns, multiple pieces of sculpted and formed copper and generally have an internal structural framework. Greater detail is involved resulting in a longer project cycle. As with the other format styles, a variety of finish options are offered including 23K gold leaf, colored patinas, or small hand painted elements as finishing touches. These pieces are sculpted and formed in copper sheet and usually incorporate other metals such as brass or bronze.
What goes into a weathervane design and fabrication?
Artwork, rendering and image composition
Pattern creation, transfer of pattern(s) to copper
Cutting and forming major copper segments
Hammering, stretching, and annealing copper, repousse, chasing, fabrication of other elements
Joining weathervane and elements via welding and soldering
Stainless and brass assembly
Balance and rotation
Cleaning copper, polishing, line removal, application of patina or other finish