Copper Hand Magic

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Arty Cartophiles, Classes | 4 comments

Yesterday I had the pleasure of teaching the Copper Hand Map project from my book, Personal Geographies.

The class was at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado. I love that place and everyone who works there. There is a table in the back of the shop, surrounded by paper/book/printing goodness that seats about 8, so they limit the class size to 6. Nice, to be hanging with six lovelies on a Sunday.

Three of them, Amy, Ann and Kim, I knew and was happy to see. Rick and Cindy were married, and were not artists or crafters by their own descriptions, they just wanted to try this after seeing the sample in the store. The last, Annie, has been coming to classes there of late and wanted to try this too.

Each of them traced their hands or brought a tracing of a loved one’s hand. We made lists: of important places, activities, people and relationships. We talked about who has “held” our hand and what that meant to us. Then we set about carving copper, adding patina and paint.

Here are the results.

At the end of the day I am happier than anyone in the class, so proud and impressed with the people who show up. This is why I do what I do. Thanks for watching.

This class will be offered again  Sunday, Mar 9, 2014, 12:30-4:30pm at Two Hands Paperie.


  1. Very cool! How thick is the copper that you work with? It must be thin enough to cut out your hand shapes fairly easily. I just love them and the colors are heavenly!

    • Rhonda, the instructions are in the first book, Personal Geographies. I use all kinds of weights, not sure the most common. Craft metal will usually work.

  2. Those are awesome!

  3. It was the best time ever! I’m going to have the whole family do a hand – I may even do the dogs. I’m going to frame it when it is all done and I’ll send you a photo.

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