Arts & Humanities

Creative Chemistry: USU Student Using Science to Create Unique Pieces of Art

By Taylor Emerson |

Out of an attempt to make homemade paints to cut down on costs, Utah State University student Adam Lambert stumbled upon a way to patina copper on filter paper. With some off-the-shelf supplies, and a little research online, the USU senior, studying in the sculpture program, uses chemistry to manipulate a mixture of root killer, baking or washing soda, lye and Vitamin C to create different colors of copper ions. After soaking a filter paper in that solution and letting it dry, Lambert then can use the papers to create different art pieces. He has applied for a patent on the process.


Taylor Emerson
Digital Journalist
University Marketing and Communications
(435) 797-2262


Adam Lambert
Senior, Sculpture
Department of Art and Design


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