Copper in a cue?

JLCues

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Anyone ever seen/used copper in a cue? I have a guy that scraps copper and wants to use some in a cue. I'm not a metal guy but I wouldn't think it would be any different than using any other metal. I'm guessing there is a reason you don't see it used though.

Jason
 

JLCues

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JoeyInCali said:
Ned Morris makes copper 3/8 10 joint screw.

Guy wants a uni-loc. Everything he has is uni-loc, wants it all inter changeable. The copper he wants is rings and probably some .030 thick inlays. Similar to something like a Cog but not that intricate.

Jason
 

KJ Cues

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It's said that 'there's nothing new under the sun' and in this case it applies as well. It's already been done.

Copper is soft, machines easily and polishes well. However, it has this nasty little habit of oxidizing. You might find a finish that holds off the oxidation for a period of time but the wrong finish can cause it to turn green rather quickly. Have you ever seen a house with a copper roof? Just a lovely shade of green. You might also be mindful of the woods, etc. that the copper is partnered with. Incompatibility can initiate a reaction with the copper and hasten the oxidation process even without oxygen being present. By all means, keep it away from aluminum; galvanic reaction. The copper and aluminum will dissolve each other. This may be due to their electrical charge. One being positive and one being negative. That's not real pretty either.

I'm not trying to dissuade you from your endeavor, just bringing to light some of the consequences you might experience.
 
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d_flash

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KJ Cues said:
It's said that 'there's nothing new under the sun' and in this case it applies as well. It's already been done.

Copper is soft, machines easily and polishes well. However, it has this nasty little habit of oxidizing. You might find a finish that holds off the oxidation for a period of time but the wrong finish can cause it to turn green rather quickly. Have you ever seen a house with a copper roof? Just a lovely shade of green. You might also be mindful of the woods, etc. that the copper is partnered with. Incompatibility can initiate a reaction with the copper and hasten the oxidation process even without oxygen being present. By all means, keep it away from aluminum; galvanic reaction. The copper and aluminum will dissolve each other. This may be due to their electrical charge. One being positive and one being negative. That's not real pretty either.

I'm not trying to dissuade you from your endeavor, just bringing to light some of the consequences you might experience.

I 2nd what KJ says...unless you can positively, 100% capable of sealing the copper, sweat and/or oils in some woods will turn the copper to green just like a copper bracelet will turn your wrist and shirt sleeve green.
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QMAKER

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Copper In A Cue

Here is a cue in which I used COPPER leafing to create the "Dragon Skin".

Oxidation could be a problem if not addressed properly. However, sometimes I use acids to create oxidation or a "patina" on the skin. Copper should be sealed with acrylic.

Bob Flynn
denalicues.com
International Cuemakers Assoc.

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