Dan & Frances Hedblom
Copper Elements was started by Dan and Frances Hedblom of Rochester, MN in the summer of 2010. In July of 2010, a gift was shown to us that would change our lives forever. Dan’s parents had discovered a technique of bringing out beautiful colors in copper using a torch. This technique was shared with us to enjoy and carry on.
The process we use to bring out the beautiful colors in the copper is unique. It is done using the heat from a torch. This added with custom grinding techniques and our multi-curved shapes cause the copper to shimmer. The colors will appear to move and change when placed under lights or in the sun.
All of our copper is sealed. It will not change colors and will not fade from sunlight. It requires no care. Simply use any glass cleaning product and a soft cloth to remove your friend’s fingerprints.
The artwork is designed by both Frances and Dan and takes many months of planning to come up with. Frances, with no prior experience with a torch, has found she has a true talent in bringing out and blending the colors in the copper. Dan builds the solid wood frames and does the grinding and buffing process which enhances the colors when displayed in light.
What makes our copper art standalone is the unique curved frames designed and built by Dan with his 20 years of woodworking and carpentry experience. By combining both of our talents as a team we are able to design and create our artwork.
Awards and Achievements
2016 Barrington Art Festival “Best of Show”
2016 Spring Festival of Fine Art Oakbrook – “Outstanding Achievement”
2016 Estero Fine Art Show – “Award of Distinction”
2015 American Craft Exposition – “Purchase Award”
2015 Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival – “Best of Category 1st Place”
2015 Fall Festival of Fine Art Oakbrook - “Best of Category”
2015 Buffalo Grove Art Festival – “Outstanding Achievement”
2015 Promenade of Art, Arlington Heights – “Outstanding Achievement”
2015 Barrington Art Festival - “Outstanding Achievement”
2015 Spring Festival of Fine Art Oakbrook – “Best of Category”
2015 Boca Raton Fine Art Show – “Award of Distinction”
2014 Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival - “Best of Category, 2nd Place”
2014 Downtown Downers Grove Art Festival – “Outstanding Achievement”
2014 Barrington Art Festival - “Outstanding Achievement”
2014 DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival - “Third Place”
2014 Orchard Lake Fine Art Show - “Award of Excellence”
2012 22nd Annual Grand Marais Arts Festival – “Best of Show”
Copper Elements founders and artists:
FRANCES & DAN HEDBLOM