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Most dealers sell copper beads in two different finishes, bright and antique. Bright copper beads are polished to a glossy sheen, while antique copper beads are treated to make them appear aged, or darker. Often, the bright beads are coated with a very thin layer of lacquer to keep them shiny and brilliant. Both types of beads should be available from most dealers, and combining them in designs adds depth and interest to most copper pieces. Copper jewelry findings also come in both these finishes.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|