Test Your Mettle (Metal)

As I am doing some research and fact finding for the book I am writing, I came across some information I don’t necessarily agree with. I am not saying that it is wrong, mind you. Just that in my experience, doesn't fit. To be honest, I’m glad I didn’t read it before I started working with metal. I never paid much attention other than what I felt or understood. So when I came across it, I was a tad bit confused. I think instead of going down the path of what I found, I would rather speak to what I understand. On a side note, here is an interesting article about the phrase of the title.

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The aim of what follows is not to get you to agree with what I write. It’s to get you to think about what you think. Or maybe get you started thinking. I don’t want to be a mystical Amazon! Where you see something that looks interesting and you have it in your grubby hands in two days. This may not be easy. One must put some work into it. At least this is how I have found it to be so. With this thought in mind, let's take a quick look at two, copper and iron/steel.

Copper. I have really grown to have a deep appreciation for this metal. I find it very yummy. At first I was like, isn’t this the stuff I carry around in my pocket that has little value? (think penny) It was almost discarded. Change in the couch, in a dish at the convenient store, seemed to be all over the house. So going into it as a magical metal I don’t think I gave it the respect it was due. I no longer see it this way, at all. It has become a big part of my practice. I find it very energizing. And a flowy, liquid feeling. The electrical wires in our homes are made of this. It can be mirror shined or heated to multiple rich colors. I now find this metal to be very exquisite, and warm. And so much more. Don’t take my word for it. Get some and spend time with it. Go to your local big box store and diddy bop over to the plumbing section. Pick out something copper that you can put in your pocket or wear around your neck. And spend some time with it.