Copper Sink Bathroom Vanities Ideas You’ve Never Thought Of

A copper vessel sink, the term for a vessel style sink with a copper bowl, is a beautiful addition to any bathroom. Vessel sinks are also marketed with stone or glass bowls, but copper sink bathroom vanities have unique properties that these other materials do not. For one thing, copper has natural antibiotic properties. Studies have shown that bacteria which live for days on a typical stainless steel or stone basin surface die within hours on a copper basin surface. The other unique property is the patina. Copper is a metal which is constantly interacting with the environment.

Hammered copper bathroom sink
Hammered copper bathroom sink

Moisture, temperature and the solids content of the water are all factors which contribute to the development of a aged finish known as patina. If you want a copper basin in your bathroom vanity, then you had better also want the patina. If you want your sink to retain that bright, shiny “new penny” look then you are going to have to use a product like a copper wax solution or a copper sealant to coat the basin before use.

Vessel Sink Bath Vanities
Vessel Sink Bath Vanities

The copper sink in bathroom vanities are typically fabricated from a single sheet of copper, 18 gauge or thicker, hammered out by artisans in Mexico or India, where copper is plentiful and old world traditions still thrive. A basin produced by hand in this manner is called a hammered copper vessel sink.

Purchasing a hand hammered copper vanity sinks ensures that you will end up with unique, one of a kind kitchen, bar or bathroom sinks. Copper is also widely popular because it is an environmental and socially conscious choice of material.

The copper used in your hammered basin is most probably made from recycled materials. Copper wires, pipes and discarded construction materials which would otherwise go into a landfill are melted down and reclaimed as pure copper. This material, typically rolled out in sheets, is then used by coppersmiths in developing countries to hammer out basins. The copper work that looks so beautiful in your bathroom may be the primary industry supporting a small Mexican or Indian village economy.

The thickness of the copper sheets varies greatly between factories, and even between different production runs in the same factory. Because copper is inherently a soft metal, these differences in thickness can have a dramatic effect on the overall wear of the sink. Most vanity basins are made from 20 (the thinnest) to 16 gauge (the thickest).

Most kitchen sinks range from 18 to 14 gauge. Always pay attention to the gauge of the copper of the sink you are buying. The thicker gauge basins are more expensive, but in most cases are worth the extra cost. If the copper is too thin it will dent easily, which is something to consider if you have small children who, for all you know, may at some point decide that they need to wash a rock in the sink!

Copper is also widely popular because it is an environmental and socially conscious choice of material. The copper used in your hammered basin is most probably made from recycled materials. Copper wires, pipes and discarded construction materials which would otherwise go into a landfill are melted down and reclaimed as pure copper.

This material, typically rolled out in sheets, is then used by coppersmiths in developing countries to hammer out basins. The copper work that looks so beautiful in your bathroom may be the primary industry supporting a small Mexican or Indian village economy. The thickness of the copper sheets varies greatly between factories, and even between different production runs in the same factory. Because copper is inherently a soft metal, these differences in thickness can have a dramatic effect on the overall wear of the sink.

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Hand hammered copper vessel sink for the bathroom
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