"Once again Rudy has designed a simply elegant piece of artwork that also feeds the spirit, mind, and body." -- Anna K.
"What a beautiful addition to my Forge Solid Cubes. Can't wait to see the next thing you come up with." -- Susan P.
"Now I'll have a cool sphere next to my Esington glass!" -- Jason A.
Why do I need a trance sphere?
A gold pen, a solid watch, Italian leather shoes. You surround yourself with things that make your environment more beautiful, more connected, more you. The trance sphere is a striking, solid piece of brilliant copper - handcrafted precision.
Take a look at your desk. What's on it? What does it say about you?
What’s so special about copper?
It’s Oligodynamic, which means it naturally kills germs on contact.
We each have about 2mg of copper in our body, without which we could not survive. It’s dense - between lead and steel in density Along with gold, the only non-greyish pure metal Takes on its own unique hue over time and can be “reset” to brilliancy with baking soda and water (or salt and vinegar).
Copper compounds have been used in medicine to treat many ailments, including arthritis
About the Oligodynamic Effect
Pure copper prevents growth and even kills bacteria, molds, spores, fungi, viruses, and other organisms. The exact cause is unknown, but it's likely that the ions denature the protein of the cells by binding to reactive groups (precipitating and inactivating them). Copper has the strongest known effect of pure metals.
One study showed that a copper vessel filled with E. Coli and Salmonella killed the bacteria in less than half the time vs. silver and brass. Many hospitals are now using pure copper on everything from hospital beds to doorknobs in order to fight "superbugs".
How is it made?
Updated! We're now using a precision machining process to get a perfect finish. A large cylinder of copper is put onto a metal lathe and carefully worked using a CNC. This results in the most perfect finish you can imagine. Here is a video of the process:
This results in a perfect sphere, every time
Specs for 1 pound sphere:
Finish: matte or polished 454 grams (minimum) 1.81 inches (4.60 cm) diameter Comes with ring base (as pictured)
Specs for 1 kilogram sphere:
Finish: matte or polished 1000 grams 2.35 inches (5.98 cm) diameter Comes with ring base (as pictured)
Who is Trance Metals?
Hi, I’m Rudy Marsh!
In January 2015, we raised over $196k on Kickstarter and brought the Esington Glass to life with your help!
In April 2016, we brought you the Forge Solid cube, raising over $487k here on Kickstarter.
In total, I've been involved with raising over $2 million on Kickstarter with metal projects over the years.
Why I made a copper sphere
Many years ago, my father melted down a ½ pound spool of leftover copper wire. For no particular reason other than it seemed like a really cool thing to do. I remember thinking about how attractive the resulting ball of copper was. I was drawn to it. It was particularly satisfying to roll it around on my hands. Maybe I had a copper deficiency and my body was trying to absorb it? I don’t know, but it seemed like everyone enjoyed holding it. At the time, I knew nothing about the oligodynamic effect (germ-killing) or the health benefits of copper. I just knew I loved that blob of solid copper.
A few months ago, my mother passed away. I remembered that chunk of copper when reminiscing over our happy days together. I really wanted to buy a large piece of copper just to have for myself. I couldn’t find a large, solid piece of copper anywhere, so I had one made.
When the prototype was shipped to my house, my 3 year old son was immediately drawn to it. He really didn’t want to stop handling it. Now it’s on my desk at work along with my Esington Glass and Forge Solid cube. It gets the most attention of the three by far.
What is it about copper? Maybe it’s the distinctive color? Maybe we have some other connection to it? I’m not sure, I just know it’s the thing people want to hold and talk about the most.
What people are saying
"Hi there, just wanted to let you know I was a huge fan and backer of the tungsten project and found this awesome as well. So backing this was a no brainer." -- Mohamad S.
"I just backed your latest KS campaign. I love your stuff and have two cubes and one hourglass already in my home. Can't wait to see this 1kilo sphere... I'm sure your campaign will be another huge success." -- Dan D.
"Hello! I was one of your esington backers, I just backed this project too...My father is a huge fan of copper so I figured This would be a wonderful gift to him. Thank you!" -- Jennifer L.
"Hey Rudy! I backed Esington (actually a Day 1 backer on that, too, I'm proud to say!!) and I just backed Trance...I love your products! Keep up the good work!" -- Tania D.
"I backed the tungsten KS project and love it. My wife is copper crazy and will think this is perfect. I hope you are able to get a good polish. Great job on the super speedy funding!!!!!" -- Mike E.
"Congrats on getting funded so quickly. It's very impressive but not surprising! A true statement to the quality of your previous products and how much people liked them. I already got my own pledge and 3 more friends are onboard. Congrats again." -- Kosta Z.
"Hi Rudy, I'm a backer of the Forge Kilo (which I loved by the way) and pledged for the Trance Copper Sphere as an early-bird backer." -- Brian H.
"Looks so cool. All Backed! Thanks and look forward to holding this thing..." -- Darrel R.
"Stunning! I did back Esington and am looking forward to adding the Copper sphere to my collection. Best wishes" -- Lee A.
"I think this project just might be more interesting than the Forge Solid! I backed that project for two cubes and this sphere will be a nice addition to my collection." Robert S.
"Hi Rudy, Count me in of the Trance Copper Sphere -- looks very cool and will be a nice addition next to my Esington glass! Onward!" -- Steve P.
"Hello! I was a backer of the [tungsten] cube project! I actually regret not getting a larger size of the cube, but now i can make up for it in copper! The cube was definitely helpful and calming just to have on my desk, so I cant wait to see the sphere!" Florence W.
"Excited for your new project! Everyone who sees the cubes from the Forge Solid project loves it. Woohoo!" -- Butch W.
"Hi, I am an [Esington] backer and just backed your Copper Spere at the 2x 1kg level. Looking forward to this - love my timers!" -- Monika R.
"Hi - I just backed the Trance Copper Sphere...and was a backer of the Forge Solid as well. Thank you for another cool project!" -- John B.
"Hi! As a backer for your Esington glass project, I got your email today about this project and immediately had to back it. The images of this copper ball look amazing and I can't wait to see this project fulfilled!" -- Nicole T.
"G'day. I love my Tungsten cube and would love to get a copper sphere to put next to it. These are such awesome ideas. Thank you for doing them" -- Matthew I.
"Hi Rudy,...I just pledged the 1 lb. copper sphere in matte. I love my Esington glass, every one who comes over to my home, if they come in my living room they are drawn to it to turn it up side down/" -- Nate K.
"I backed the cubes and use them at work regularly. I teach at the military EOD (bomb squad) school in the nuclear division. The density of the kilo helps me show the how small 2 lbs of fissile material can be when talking about criticality incidents. I have backed this at the kilo size as well and it looks awesome." -- James H.