Copper is a really neat material. It's soft, conductive, and easy to work with. Its beautiful reddish-orange color is admired around the world, and even when it corrodes, the green patina is pleasing to the eye. (The beloved green we see on the Statue of Liberty is oxidized copper!)

As if that weren't enough to wow you, it even has antimicrobial properties.

So, three cheers for copper! Here are 17 DIY projects for the copper lover in all of us.