Copper is a reddish-orange natural metallic element that is mined from beneath the surface of the earth. In its purest form, it is relatively soft and malleable, making it an extremely useful and accessible material for both traditional tools and modern applications.
Copper was known to mankind’s earliest civilizations. For a thousands of years, it has been used in a variety of ways ranging from decorative jewelry and artistic sculptures to durable work tools and kitchen cutlery.Most believe copper was among the first metals, along with gold and iron, to be used for practical and aesthetic purposes. Early metallurgical techniques developed over time include cold working, annealing (heat treatment), smelting (extractive metallurgy) and lost-wax casting.