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Patina Copper and Leather Trivet – DIY

As much as I enjoy making pretty things for our home, there’s nothing as satisfying as creating something that’s both functional and gorgeous. As South Africans we love heading outdoors, getting a fire going and partaking in our nation’s favorite pastime, braaing. And when we braai the hubby will often make us potjiekos or “little pot food”. It’s like a stew that’s been cooked really slooooowly over wood in a round, cast iron pot. When it’s finally ready that potjie is super hot. It’s not a good idea to put it straight down on a table unless you’re okay with burn marks. Been there, done that 😉 Anyhows I’ve been meaning to get a trivet and since this month IBC challenge is leather, I thought I’d make this one instead, using bits of leather and patina-ed copper pipes.

Add some rustic goodness to your kitchen with this easy DIY leather and patina copper trivet. Step-by-step tutorial with lots of photos! Includes instructions on how to patina copper with common household items. #coppertrivet #rustictrivet @copperpatinaDIY

I could have made a pompom trivet, but that’s been done exactly one million and eleventy-three times 😉 Plus copper is a pretty impressive thermal conductor, so it will keep that potjiekos warmer for longer.

Add some rustic goodness to your kitchen with this easy DIY leather and patina copper trivet. Step-by-step tutorial with lots of photos! Includes instructions on how to patina copper with common household items. #coppertrivet #rustictrivet @copperpatinaDIY
Interesting fact – Did you know that diamonds are a better thermal conductor than copper? Click to Tweet

Before I show you how we made this copper and leather trivet, let me quickly tell you a little about the IBC (Int’l Bloggers Club). Every month a group of bloggers from around the world get together to create something using a common theme. Our previous challenge was Easter, and it always fascinates me how we interpret the same topic in so many different ways. You’ll be able to see all our projects at the end of the post.

All righty then let’s make a copper and leather trivet and add some patina just for fun.

What you need for the trivet

  • Copper pipe. I used leftover bits from when we made a purr baby bed for Merlin
  • Leather Cord
  • Copper pipe cutter
  • Masking tape
  • Ruler and a Drill
  • Needle file or sandpaper

What you need to make a rustic patina copper and leather trivet #coppertrivet #rustictrivet @copperpatinaDIY

Getting the pipes ready

Figure out how big you want your trivet to be. We have various sized potjie pots so I used the largest one and cut the pipes accordingly.

Measuring and drilling the copper pipes to make a trivet #coppertrivet #trivetDIY

Measure roughly 3cm (1 1/4″) from the ends of the pipes and stick down a bit of tape. The tape helps prevent the drill bit from slipping. Measure again and mark exactly 3cm from either end.

Measuring and drilling the copper pipes to make a trivet #coppertrivet #trivetDIY

Starting with a low drill speed gently, but firmly push the drill bit into the copper pipe until it “bites.” Drill a hole all the way through.

Measuring and drilling the copper pipes to make a trivet #coppertrivet #trivetDIY

Do the same on the other side making sure the holes line up.

Measuring and drilling the copper pipes to make a trivet #coppertrivet #trivetDIY

When you drill through copper, it tends to leaves these sharp little burrs. File or sand them off using a needle file or 200 grit sandpaper. Just be careful if you’re using sandpaper. Those sharp bits can cut through the paper.

If you like the look of untarnished copper, you can thread the leather cord through the holes to finish off the trivet. We love experimenting though, so took our copper and leather trivet to the next level with a little PAH-tee-na.

How to patina copper with common household items

Adding a rich, beautiful blue patina to copper is pretty easy to do. Be warned though; it’s a smelly business. As in REALLY Ewwww smelly 😉 To add patina you’ll need:

  • Steel wool and degreaser
  • Ewwww smelly stuff aka household ammonia
  • Coarse salt
  • White Vinegar
  • Plastic containers and ice cream (popsicle) sticks

Common household items are all you need to patina copper @copperpatinaDIY

Use the steel wool and degreaser to remove any oily residue from the copper pipe. The steel wool “scores” the copper and gives it some grip for the patina effect.

Common household items are all you need to patina copper @copperpatinaDIY

Rinse the pipes off and dry. Build a contraption inside a large plastic container using ice cream sticks and smaller plastic tubs. You basically want to create some kind of platform for the pipes to rest on while they’re developing that beautiful patina.

Common household items are all you need to patina copper @copperpatinaDIY

Spray the copper pipes with vinegar and sprinkle liberally with salt. Pour some ammonia inside the larger container and carefully place the copper pipes on the “platform.” Feel free to sprinkle on some more salt 😀 The more you use, the deeper the patina.

Common household items are all you need to patina copper @copperpatinaDIY

I zoomed in from Mars to take that photo for you guys 😀 Ammonia smells horrible. Toxic stuff that. So it’s best to do this outside or in a WELL ventilated area. Close the lid and leave for a few hours. We left ours for about a day. If you can handle the ammonia smell take a peak and turn the pipes if need be. I can’t tell you how yucky it smells but to get this look; it’s so completely worth it.

Gorgeous blue patina created by using common household items #DIYcopperpatina

The chemical fumes from the ammonia react with the vinegar and the salt to create that fantabulous rich blue patina. Remove the pipes from the plastic container and let them dry. Don’t dry them off with a cloth. The patina hasn’t “set” yet. Once dry seal with a clear, heat resistant spray paint.

Add some rustic goodness to your kitchen with this easy DIY leather and patina copper trivet. Step-by-step tutorial with lots of photos! Includes instructions on how to patina copper with common household items. #coppertrivet #rustictrivet @copperpatinaDIY

Finishing the trivet off

Once the paint cures, thread the leather cord through the holes you made earlier. Try to space the pipes evenly by using your finger as a marker and make knots to prevent the cord from slipping through the pipes.

Gorgeous blue patina created by using common household items #DIYcopperpatina

I’m in love with those colors. So vibrant and random. It kinda reminds me of our Unicorn SPiT cupboard.

Gorgeous blue patina created by using common household items #DIYcopperpatina

For easier storage, I wrapped the trivet in a piece of leather and tied it all together with a leather cord and some turquoise beads.

Add some rustic goodness to your kitchen with this easy DIY leather and patina copper trivet. Step-by-step tutorial with lots of photos! Includes instructions on how to patina copper with common household items. #coppertrivet #rustictrivet @copperpatina

The leather wrapping serves a dual purpose. Leather is an excellent insulator and can be used to bring that yummy potjiekos safely to the table.

Add some rustic goodness to your kitchen with this easy DIY leather and patina copper trivet. Step-by-step tutorial with lots of photos! Includes instructions on how to patina copper with common household items. #coppertrivet #rustictrivet @copperpatinaDIY

I would love to know what you think of the trivet? Is it something you would make for your home?

Add some rustic goodness to your kitchen with this easy DIY leather and patina copper trivet. Step-by-step tutorial with lots of photos! Includes instructions on how to patina copper with common household items. #coppertrivet #rustictrivet @copperpatinaDIY

If you like the idea of making a patina copper and leather trivet, don’t forget to pin it for later

Add some rustic goodness to your kitchen with this easy DIY leather and patina copper trivet. Step-by-step tutorial with lots of photos! Includes instructions on how to patina copper with common household items. #coppertrivet #rustictrivet @copperpatinaDIY

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Sale Mandala Crafts Round Cowhide Genuine Leather String Cord, Natural Rawhide Rope for Jewelry Making, Kumihimo Braiding, Shoelaces (1mm, Rust)

And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.

gasaré, Cast Iron Trivet, Decorative Victorian Design, Round, for Kitchen and Dining Table, Cast Iron, Legs with Rubber Caps, 8 Inches, Antique Brown Color, 1 Unit
Sale Martha Stewart Copper Eat Trivet
gasaré, Cast Iron Trivet, Decorative Tree of Life Design, Round, for Kitchen and Dining Table, Cast Iron, Legs with Rubber Caps, 8 Inches, Antique Brown Color, 1 unit

Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, crafty week. And don’t forget to see what my friends from the IBC have done with their leather challenge. Their links should be at the bottom.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts, Int'l Bloggers Club, Quick & Easy Crafts

Comments

  • Posted: April 15, 2019 17:11

    Anonymous

    OMG!!! You amaze me at what you do!!! LOVE the patina on those pipes!! What a phenomenal project!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words!! Hugs, Deb
    • Posted: April 16, 2019 06:22

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Debbie 😘
    • Posted: August 11, 2019 04:58

      Maydha Manleka

      I love this patina creations. Especially on copper. Their colors are beautifully contrast. Thanks for your tutorial.
      • Posted: August 11, 2019 07:21

        acraftymix

        You're most welcome Maydha (what a beautiful name BTW) ❣
  • Posted: April 3, 2019 11:58

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    What a cool idea Michelle! I've always loved the beautiful bluish patina on copper. Love the leather wrap and corded beads for storing.
    • Posted: April 3, 2019 13:43

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Linda, I really appreciate that
  • Posted: March 30, 2019 05:57

    Leanna

    Love the colour of the copper, such a really beautiful craft project. I always enjoy your cultural stories as well, it gives me a more accurate picture of my friend whose so far away.
    • Posted: March 30, 2019 16:15

      acraftymix

      💞 I'm with you on that one Leanna. The patina-ed copper is just so gorgeous. Those blues are amazing, I wish I could capture them for real.
  • Posted: March 19, 2019 19:32

    Jas Brechtl

    I have a few sizes of cast iron pots and pans and your trivet would be put to good use. If only I had all the tools to make one. maybe I can borrow them come summer when I can work outside. Or, you come visit with a trivet and I'll cook you one of our dishes over open fire ;) Btw, that blue is gorgeous!
    • Posted: March 20, 2019 05:32

      acraftymix

      One day I'm gonna come visit Jas, but I'd better go on a serious diet before the time because there are so many of your dishes I need to try 😂 And I'll bring you as many trivets as you like too my friend
  • Posted: March 19, 2019 18:18

    Kim

    Wow, I love the color!! You are a super DIYer!
  • Posted: March 19, 2019 16:20

    Carla

    Those colours. OMW😍 I'd make a wine chime with the copper pipes and create that PAH-tee-na 😂
    • Posted: March 20, 2019 05:32

      acraftymix

      😂 Those colors are just the best
  • Posted: March 19, 2019 12:15

    Greg Navage

    This is awesome! Great job you two!
    • Posted: March 19, 2019 12:34

      acraftymix

      👍 Thanks so much Greg, really appreciate that
  • Posted: March 18, 2019 18:53

    Katrin

    Oh gosh how do you do it, the patina is so gorgeous and the leather wrap is such a lovely detail.
  • Posted: March 18, 2019 17:12

    Deborah Sommerlot

    You are so so so brilliant! Im speachless
    • Posted: March 19, 2019 04:35

      acraftymix

      Awww Deborah, thank you 🤗
  • Posted: March 18, 2019 16:15

    Celeste

    You never seize to amaze me, Michelle. And that blue!!! 😍😍😍 Awesome job. Love it!
    • Posted: March 18, 2019 16:18

      acraftymix

      😍 😍 😍 Daai blou is flippin mooi. Ek sal somer die hele huis toe maak in koper en met ammonia verf 😂
  • Posted: March 18, 2019 15:56

    Marie

    Love the patina on those pipes! I've never heard of this recipe before, great tutorial. Great idea for a trivet and the leather wrap is so pretty that I'd keep it on display! Pinned :)
    • Posted: March 18, 2019 16:09

      acraftymix

      That PAH-tee-na is fudging awesome my friend 😉 And thanks for the pin
  • Posted: March 18, 2019 15:12

    Mary

    Michelle, you just know how much I love that beautiful blue patina. I never knew you could get it that way. The patina adds so much to the trivet and of course it contrasts nicely with the warm leather color. Enjoy your outdoor cooking.
    • Posted: March 18, 2019 15:54

      acraftymix

      I wish my phone camera could capture that blue for real Mary. It looks like one of those azure seas you see on a tropical island. It's so lovely. I've been looking all over for more copper pieces to patina 😘
  • Posted: March 18, 2019 15:02

    Claire

    The colour of the patina is amazing. Love the trivet idea.
    • Posted: March 18, 2019 15:55

      acraftymix

      It's such an incredibly beautiful color and the trivet works like a charm

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