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Old 01-02-2020, 05:55 PM
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Not sure exactly what you would call this but it holds 4 picture frames on the wall.

I made this for my parents for Christmas and it was one of those projects that started with a basic idea and then proceeded to snowball as it progressed.

All the leaves and branches are made from 1/2" round bar, all hand forged. Putting the taper in the branches took longer than expected but I was coming off a back injury and was afraid to use a heavy hammer very much, so I did it all with a 2-1/2 lb rounding hammer.

The main branches were forged with just the leaf on the tip, then all the side leaves were forged individually and mig welded onto the main branch after the fact. Both branches were welded together at the base and then I tweaked all the leaves with a torch and tongs to get them to lay right. When that was done I made the rose and used the stem to wrap the base of the branches and hide the weld that holds them together.

The rose is made from 14 gauge sheet metal and was shaped mostly with a torch and scrolling tongs. There are 4 discs/layers in it to make that many petals.

The hook it hangs on was made from 3/4" square bar. There is a countersunk hold in it so that the mounting screw doesn't show.

The bar for the pictures is 1/8" flat bar and I hot cut the ends and hammered them out like they are, and then cut upside V's with a jewelers saw to bend out into hooks for the pictures.

I think I'll have some tweaking to do to the picture frames once it is hung permanently. They don't want to be very level using the rings on the back from the factory, but that shouldn't be too big a problem to sort out.

It was a fun build. Pushed my boundaries a little bit and I learned some new things along the way.
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Old 01-02-2020, 09:35 PM
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Very nice! I'm sure your parents loved it! What type of finish does it have? It gives me some inspiration to make something similar. Thanks!
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Old 01-02-2020, 09:58 PM
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I like it, Matt.
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Old 01-02-2020, 10:51 PM
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That came out really nice.
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Old 01-03-2020, 08:14 AM
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Thanks guys

For the finish, I wire brushed all the scale off, scrubbed it with rubbing alcohol and then warmed it up and waxed it.
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Looks very nice. These hand crafted gifts are very unique and unusual these days.


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Old 01-04-2020, 04:41 PM
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Thanks, I do my best to do handmade gifts. It gets hard to think of things to make sometimes though.
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That cool.. Nice work.
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