Reticulation: Controlled Surface Melting

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Retriculated surface of a copper wall sculpture Textured copper wall sculpture Retriculated copper tiles

The examples on this page show copper that has been heated in a controlled way to creature a texture on its surface. The result is similar to the texture produced by the silversmithing process of reticulation.

Heat causes the inner metal core to be on the verge of melting, whilst the surface remains almost solid. Because the core is practically liquid, the surface will move and fold in an unpredictable and varied way. The copper wall sculptures above feature this technique, and other texturing methods.