Creative Prompt #292: Copper

Do you remember the copper colored crayon in the box of 96 (or was it 100? You know the really big box with the sharpener on the back)? I loved the way it went onto the paper really smoothly. I also liked the metallic sheen it had.

Definition: “Copper is a chemical element with symbol Cu (from Latin: cuprum) and atomic number 29. It is a ductile metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity. Pure copper is soft and malleable; a freshly exposed surface has a reddish-orange color. It is used as a conductor of heat and electricity, a building material, and a constituent of various metal alloys.

The metal and its alloys have been used for thousands of years. In the Roman era, copper was principally mined on Cyprus, hence the origin of the name of the metal as ?yprium (metal of Cyprus), later shortened to ?uprum. Its compounds are commonly encountered as copper(II) salts, which often impart blue or green colors to minerals such as azurite and turquoise and have been widely used historically as pigments. Architectural structures built with copper corrode to give green verdigris (or patina). Decorative art prominently features copper, both by itself and as part of pigments.

Copper is essential to all living organisms as a trace dietary mineral because it is a key constituent of the respiratory enzyme complex cytochrome c oxidase. In molluscs and crustacea copper is a constituent of the blood pigment hemocyanin, which is replaced by the iron-complexed hemoglobin in fish and other vertebrates. The main areas where copper is found in humans are liver, muscle and bone.[2] Copper compounds are used as bacteriostatic substances, fungicides, and wood preservatives.” (Wikipedia)

copper wire


Copper Mountain, Colorado

Copper bracelets for arthritis

Copper at the Linus Pauling Institute:


  • Copper is an essential cofactor for oxidationreduction reactions involving copper-containing oxidases. Copper enzymes regulate various physiologic pathways, such as energy production, iron metabolism, connective tissue maturation, and neurotransmission. (More information)
  • Copper deficiency can result from malnutrition, malabsorption, or excessive zinc intake and can be acquired or inherited. Symptoms include deficiencies in blood cells, bone and connective tissue abnormalities, and neurologic disorders. (More information)
  • Marginal copper imbalance has been linked to impaired immune function, bone demineralization, and increased risk of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. However, the use of more precise indicators of nutritional copper status needs to be considered for future research. (More information)
  • Organ meats, shellfish, nuts, seeds, wheat-bran cereals, and whole-grain products are good sources of copper. (More information)
  • Copper toxicity is rare and often associated with genetic defects of copper metabolism. (More information)

The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse: A Flavia de Luce Story (Kindle Single)

The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse: A Flavia de Luce Story (Kindle Single)

Copper is a reddish-colored metallic element, widely used in manufacturing and industry.

Copper may also refer to:


  • Lycaeninae, a family of butterflies commonly called the coppers
    • Copper Ant-blue, found in Australia, from southern Queensland to Victoria
    • Copper Pencil-blue, found along the east coast of Australia, including South Australia, New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria
  • The Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea), is a moth of the family Noctuidae, distributed across the Palaearctic region
  • Copper shark, the common name for Carcharhinus brachyurus, also known as the bronze whaler or narrowtooth shark
  • The copper-colored restrepia is a copper-colored orchid
  • The Copperhead may refer to any of three different species of snakes:
    • Agkistrodon contortrix, a venomous pit viper species found in parts of North America
    • Austrelaps, a genus of venomous elapids found in southern Australia and Tasmania
    • Elaphe radiata, known as the Copperhead Rat Snake, a non-venomous species found in southern Asia
  • Copper (adder), a venomous pitviper subspecies found in the eastern United States




  • Copper Kent (1891–c.1966), Australian rugby union player





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