no longer have a smooth commercial finish and may occasionally come in slightly harder tempers).
(.001 inches thick): This is very thin copper foil. It is approximately 1.5 times thicker than typical household aluminum foil and is easy to cut but also easy to wrinkle. You can tear the 1 mil with your hands or punch out various shape with paper punchers. 1 mil is often used in scrapbooking or with other paper crafts and also for electrical, manufacturing and R & D applications.
(.0014 inches thick): This is also very thin copper foil and is just slightly thicker than the 1 mil. 1.4 is approximately 2 times thicker than household aluminum foil. It will cut easily, and can also be torn by hand. It will also wrinkle to the touch. The 1.4 mil is often used in paper crafts and also for electrical, manufacturing and R & D applications. See a video thickness guide of 1 mil and 1.4 mil below.
(.003 inches thick): This is thin foil. It is approximately twice as thick as 1.4 mil and 3.5 times household aluminum. It can be easily cut with scissors, torn by hand, and wrinkles fairly easy. 3 mil is used for various arts and crafts, electrical, and Research and Development applications. See a video thickness guide of 3 mil below.
(.005 inches thick) 36 gauge: The 5 mil copper is approximately 7 - 8 times thicker than typical household aluminum foil. It weighs approximately 3.74 ounces per square foot. Often described as 36 gauge, 5 mil copper is traditional tooling foil. It does not tear by hand, but can be easily cut with scissors. It is extremely pliable and will dent with a light touch. It will not hold shape if under pressure. The 5 mil is often used for embossing, repousse, tags, die-cuts and other craft projects as well as for various home improvement projects and construction, electrical, manufacturing and other applications. Some customers also use this thickness for tabletops, backsplashes, bartops, and countertops-however when using 5 mil for these applications, we do strongly recommend attaching the copper to a substrate and applying an epoxy for long term durability. Check out some of our 5 mil patina copper sheets
. See a video thickness guide of 5 mil below.
(.008 inches thick) 32 gauge: The 8 mil copper is approximately 11 - 12 times thicker than typical household aluminum foil and 1.5 times thicker than the 5 mil. This is a heavy-duty tooling foil. 8 mil can be cut fairly easily with scissors and is still very pliable. It may hold shape a little better than the 5 MIL , but will not bear much weight and will yield to increasing pressure. See a video thickness guide of 8 mil below.
as it was used to create an outdoor water feature. It is also used in indoor projects such as creating an inset in wooden cabinets or covering furniture (see the photo gallery for examples) and although it is a lighter gauge copper, some customers have chosen this thickness for creating tabletops, bartops, backsplashes and countertops. See a video thickness guide of 10 mil below.
(.016 inches thick)26 gauge: The 16 mil is approximately 1.5 times thicker than the
. It would take approximately 62.5 sheets of
stacked on top of each other to make an inch. Also called 26 gauge, the 16 mil copper weighs approximately 12 ounces per square foot. It is significantly more rigid and less pliable that the thinner material, but will also hold weight and can be bent/ formed into shape by hand or with tools. It is a very durable. It can be cut with tin snips, shears or a utility knife with a heavy duty blade. 16 mil is often used for sculptures, jewelry-making and other arts and crafts projects. Our customers have used the 16 mil for backsplashes, bar tops, countertops, and range hoods as well as roofing projects (see the photo gallery for information about creating a
from 16 mil copper) and other outdoor structural projects where the durability of the material outweighs the need for more pliability. See a video thickness guide of 16 mil below.
22 Mil/16 Ounce Copper (.0216") 24 gauge: 16 ounce copper sheeting is a heavy weight copper often referred to as "roofing copper" or "roofing flashing." It weighs approximately 1 pound per square foot. It's often used for roofing and flashing, various art and craft projects, DIY projects such as backsplashes, countertops and range hoods, electrical applications, research and development and much more. 16 ounce copper can be bent and formed by hand but is very durable. Metals snips are needed to cut this thickness. (Also check our patina copper sheets for a variety of uses including bartops and countertops. It is also used for for various wall hangings and artwork.) See a video thickness guide of 22 mil below.
(Remember that for various home improvement projects, state and local codes vary.)