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Old 01-01-2012, 10:39 AM
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Default Making a copper rose

One of the images I posted in my intro was a rose made from copper. I was asked if I had progress photos. What follows are the progress photos with a naritave of how I mkae them.

As stated these are made from copper sheet. The sheet I use is nothing more tham roof flashing I get from the local supply house.

Similar techniques can be used to make them from sheet steel and welding as apposed to soldering.

Grab a coffee of other beverage of choice and I hope enjoy.......

I start out by laying my templetes out to maxamize the use of materials, trace them out and cut.

I next anneal then pickle them. To anneal them I justheat till a dull red color. This makes the copper softer and easier to form,I pickle them in a solution made by using pool Ph balancer which is mostly sodium bisulfate desolved in water them warmed in an old crock pot. The pickle remoces the oxidation left from the annealing process.

I start by tinning the tip of the stem. For the stem I use copper tubing.
This allows the pedal clusters to more easily attach as they are added.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:51 AM
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Each cluster had a hole punched or drilled inits center to allow it to be slid onto the stem

I continue by adding the pedal clusters smallest first

I roughly form them as they are added starting with the bud center

each layer is them added and turned up and then twisted to simulate the pedals of a real rose
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:00 AM
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the last piece added to the blossum stack is the sepal

I then move on to the leaves

I start by added a piece of copper wire to the leaf and either add omre leafs or attach the single leaf to the stem

when I am finished assembling the bossumI manipulate the pedals with round pliers to add the twists and folds till it is pleasing to my eye.

You will end up with a rose similar to this........
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:06 AM
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Here is how I make the leaves

I start out by cutting the laf shape and annealing them

I then use a lengthe of welding rod ot emboss the main vein

I next use a piece of rod formed into a Vee to add the side veins

Them are inprinted by setting the leaf on a rubber pad or my shot bad and hammering the rod into the leaf piece

I use snips of nibblers to add a varigated edge if that is the look I am after

This created a realistic looking leaf.........
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:14 AM
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here are a few I have made.....

each is slightly different and with a different patina

as shown you can vary the display by boxing tehm in a shabow box

twisting the bottom of the stem to form a base or just lay them on a shelf..
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:43 AM
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Moose,

Thank you very much for the A-Z copper rose making information. Thanks to your excellent photos I can see where you have some time saving procedures I can use when I make my next batch. Now if I can get a couple helpers like you have I can just sit back and watch the work progress...... Real nice work......thanks again.
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