We are a Mexican company specialized in artisan Copper Sinks. Ours are the original handmade Copper Sinks fabricated with the original ancient technique that artisans from Santa Clara have used for centuries in their small shops. We are sure you will be glad and positively impressed when you get one Copper Sink from us.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Copper Sinks, An Ancient Tradition

Copper was the first metal used by man in the eve of civilization, dating back more than 10,000 years. Nowadays there are many uses for this metal at home ranging from copper tubing in your plumbing system to some of the finest cookware available. Interior decorators and other professionals look to copper and brass as naturally inviting metals that make a statement of quality, comfort and beauty. No wonder that copper has also become a popular material for sinks in the kitchen, bath and in the bar, including beautiful copper bathtubs too.

Copper artisans abound throughout the world, however the artisans that have gained a reputation for making sinks has been primarily centered in Mexico. Most of the shops making “hand crafted” copper sinks are small and owned by the artisan’s family. The methods used to fabricate these sinks goes back centuries. The term “hand hammered” has become synonymous with Mexican artisan copper sinks in recent years. This term refers to the original ancient techniques that groups of artisans have been using for centuries in this area of western Mexico. Copper sheets are carefully and patiently hammered by the artisans into shape and hand finished until they get the piece they have in mind. The results are somewhat rustic, but unique and one of a kind. Once you install one of these sinks you know you have a unique piece of copper art. Other copper sinks made in series are fabricated with somehow similar techniques but have a “smooth” finish rather than a “hand hammered” one.

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Copper Sinks Basic Care.

The authentic Mexican hammered copper sinks are all made of just one piece of a previously cut copper plate that is patiently hammered and heated in a wood fire until the desired shape is obtained and a brand new piece of copper art is out of the shop. But there is one more process that has to be applied to the copper sinks prior to its exhibition and sale in the market. The sinks are “patinated” so the surface will be protected against the elements, giving copper sinks its characteristic look.

Many people asks about how to take care of these beautiful sinks, and many times they think it can be a daunting task, but that thought is too far from reality. Caring for these copper bowls is surprisingly easy and they are virtually maintenance free.

First of all a copper finish is a living finish and it never really stops changing in color. But the evolution of a copper finish is very slow and gradual thanks to the “patina”, and as it slowly ages your sink will become even more handsome and unique.

For basic cleaning simply use a mild soap and water – other cleaners are not necessary, and gently clean the surface with a sponge or soft fabric. That’s all you need to do in order to keep your sink in good shape. Unless you want to maintain a shiny copper finish, do not use copper cleaners. Also do not use abrasive materials or harsh chemicals as chlorine or vinegar on any of these copper sinks because these chemicals can harm the surface of your sink.

In short you don’t need much care to enjoy the living qualities of your beautiful hand hammered copper sink; a unique and functional work of art for your kitchen of bathroom.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Adobes Market, The Mexican Copper Sinks Manufacturer, Strives to Capture a Good Piece of The American Market With High Quality and Affordable Prices

Nowadays handmade copper sinks are high value items for many people looking to give a distinguished look and beauty to their bathrooms, powder rooms or kitchens. These beautiful pieces of native art from central Mexico have their origin in the artisan shops located in the state of Michoacan. These artisans have maintained their traditional techniques for centuries, manufacturing different artisan items that make copper look as valuable as gold.

Among the most successful items fabricated by the artisans we can find their world famous copper sinks . These items are a real merge between artistry and utility. This means that you won’t only install a new sink at home, but you will also install art at home, in places where you may have never thought about installing a piece of art but that will, no doubt, fill your rooms with beauty and that special charm of a product coming directly from the working hands of a human being.

There are a number of places where you can get one of these sinks, but among the best in price and quality you will find that at Adobes Market you can find the copper sink of your dreams at prices that very few can give. These are sinks manufactured with gauge #18 copper plate, and they come in many models and with the guarantee that they come from the real and original shops in Michoacan, Mexico.

So if you are looking for ways to add some artistry to your home, and want to do it in a way somehow different to the usual sculptures or paintings.; consider a copper sink as a very good option. Your bathroom or kitchen will be grateful you did.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Mexican Copper Bathtubs or Soaking In Style.

For thousands of years copper has been present in the development of the major civilizations of the world. Even now copper is one of the most used metals in a great number of areas of our contemporary life.

The common uses of copper are wide and various, they go from the pipes in our kitchens and bathrooms to the wiring of the electric web across our cities and the country. There is also a significant presence of copper in all the electronic gadgets we use every day, from the coffee maker to the PC on our desk.

But these are not the only places, not the only forms copper can be present in our lives. For many centuries, artisans of a small town in Mexico’s western mountains have made a living of making beautiful pieces of art from raw pieces of copper. These art pieces can take many forms; jars, flower pots, plates, sinks and yes; also beautiful handmade copper bathtubs.

These bathtubs are made entirely from a few raw copper plates which are previously softened with heat from a wood fire and then, once the proper softness has been reached, they are welded one onto each other to be then hammered until the desired copper tub shape is attained.

The manufacturing of each of these tubs is a sculpting task for the artisans. They usually work in teams and by using their hammers and chisels they patiently shape the copper plates, inch by inch, into the desired form of a bathtub. Once the shape has been attained then they proceed to heat the entire copper tub and then “patina” (clear or dark) is applied to the surface of the bathtub in order to protect it from water and the elements, making the lifetime of one of these tubs that of many years.

At the end the result of all this patient and careful work of the Mexican artisans is one of the most beautiful and stylish furniture you can add to your bathroom. A copper sculpture made for soaking, one piece of art waiting for you to take a comfortable bath in it.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Some FAQ On Our Mexican Copper Sinks

If you are thinking about getting a copper sink from us, you may have some questions that need answers. We hope the following information will help:

Are they sturdy enough ( I have four children!)?:
Yes they are sturdy enough, even for your children. You would need a good hammer blow to cause deformation on the copper sink.

What's the gauge of the copper foil used?:

We use gauge #16 for our copper sinks.

How can I clean my copper sink?

These copper sinks are easy to clean, you just need to use detergent or soap and a medium soft clothe to clean them.

What precautions should I have with my copper sink?

The only precaution you must have is not using corrosives on them. This is substances like chlorine or concentrated vinegar.

Is the surface of my sink protected?

Yes the surface is protected. All of our copper sinks are "patinated". This is a process applied under heat to the surface of the copper sink that protects it from the elements.

Do you combine multiple purchases to save in my final price?

Yes we do. You will save on s/h in multiple purchases.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Mexican Artisans Promote the Use of Recycled Copper in the Fabrication of Their World Famous Copper

For many years copper has been the main raw material used by the Mexican artisans of Santa Clara del Cobre for the fabrication of their beautiful artisan items. Originally artisans relied on the natural supply of copper of their lands for the fabrication of their items. But has the supply of the original sources has decreased and the demand for items as copper sinks (http://www.copper-sinks-mexico.com) has increased they have had to think and look for new and alternate sources of copper material.

Thankfully they have found a reliable source of copper in the recycling industry. Trucks loaded with tons of copper junk coming form many parts in central Mexico arrive every week and deliver their precious load to the artisans shops. Artisans pay the load of copper according to the cleanness of the material, the cleaner your copper the closer you will get to be paid at international market prices for pure copper, that lately has been increasing steeply making this recycling business more profitable for the copper gatherers. Though all junk serves, artisans specially avoid junk made of copper wires covered with too much soldering due to the harming potential that this impurities have for the very characteristic look of their handmade copper items.

The high demand and good price paid for copper junk has created a new industry of copper gatherers in central Mexico with a number of benefits for the environment turning old useless junk yards into a profitable mine of copper and preserving natural copper sources for more strategic applications. And at the same time it has also benefited the economy of the abundant population of this region of Mexico that has seen a growing industrialization in recent years.

So now many people may have one more reason to buy a copper sink; that they are environmental friendly.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Copper Treasures in Mexico

Traveling the world will take you to many places and in some of them you may even find treasures. But treasures are not always made of gold or diamonds. Treasures are also made of copper. And in Santa Clara del Cobre in the Mexican state of Michoacán you will understand why treasures are also made of this modest and noble metal.

Copper, the 29th element, is believed to have been mined for about 5000 years now accompanying humanity and civilization through most of his great technological accomplishments. In modern times copper is an ever present element in the electrical and electronic industry. But that’s not the only area of our modern lives where copper is present. Since ancient times Mexican artisans have used copper as a valuable material to fabricate beautiful and intrincate artisan works, among them there is one branch of artisans that combine practicality and art in their work. They are those dedicated to fabricate beautiful raw copper sinks in Santa Clara del Cobre.

These sinks are fabricated entirely by hand using the same ancient techniques of their indigenous ancestors. Even gas is forbidden to heat and soften the metal, they use only charcoal in small fires in the shops and helped by their inseparable hammer artisans give life and form to the copper plates placed into the fire. But this is not all, after getting the desired shape, the sinks surface has to be treated so that they will last and look like new for many years. For this they use a process called “patination” which is done under heat and that gives the surface of the copper sinks its characteristic color and durability.

Many people may think that copper sinks are soft or fragile but that’s not so. They are sturdy enough to substitute a regular, series made, stainless steel sink. It is sturdy enough that even bathtubs are fabricated entirely on copper. And due to the “patination” process they won’t acquire a greenish color or get rusty as those old pennies that didn’t have the luck of being “patinated”.

The charming town of Santa Clara is full of shops that work day after day to bring to life this wonderful pieces that are considered a national art. They are so proud of their skills that every corner is adorned with copper, even street lamps have their share of this noble metal. If you ever have the chance to visit Mexico, make plans and include Santa Clara del Cobre in your schedule. Who knows and you may even end cooking in a copper pan and relaxing in your own copper tub while your dinner is being cooked under a copper kitchen hood.