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Old 09-07-2012, 12:16 PM
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what really makes it all work for my eyes is your work with the stems.
You make them arc and flow so naturally and that's pretty unusual.
Yes, very note worthy indeed.

You wouldn't think 'at first view' that so many of our membership has such talent with the more 'frilly' works of art. Not a slight Ed, more of a hearty pat on the back. Again, well done.

About scrap......I never ever throw away scrap pieces, unless of course I have to kick them more than 5 times out from under foot. But I never ever throw away an expensive metal scrap piece. Period.

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By the way I did gag
A day or two ago, I ordered almost a grand worth of copper sheeting that would almost fit in a flat rate box. I can only imagine what a full copper roof would cost with today's prices.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:29 PM
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Thanks Guys

They are fun and relaxing to make, I found out pretty quick that you have to start welding the leaves on from the top down other wise you are trying to weld behind the lower leaves but being brazed on you can move them around after if you need to, the tree was the worst as I welded all the larger peices on first then went back and started fitting the smaller ones in... I was going to leave the tree bare copper but once I clear coated it the copper turned an ugly pinkish color... so in a panick I tested burning a single copper leaf that I clear coated and it turned into some nice colors and the burnt clear coat gave it some texture so I lit the entire tree up... had a metal tree forest fire going in my shop but in the end once the smoke cleared it turned out ok.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:47 PM
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In the end I took a break from the leafy stuff and tried something different altogether... these are miniature golf bags about 5" high when completed... made from 3/4" copper tube and rg45 welding rods, and the 16 ounce copper.. no cnc cutting needed and a bit of a serenity tester to make...
I played around with them for a few days and then got called back to work so whenever I get back home I'll finish them off...
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neat projectes.. Recently I had to tig weld up a special part for a ford excort wagon.. It was the pcv valve hose.. The original hose had fallen apart so i decided to take some copper gas line and use that..

Not nearly as artful as what yo put together but was fun tigging the copper.. It was my first time and all.
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Very nice work on the tree, Edd. Graceful flow to the branches makes it look realistic.
Someday some copper may come to me as scrap, until them I will have to watch and learn..
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:09 PM
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Ed,

I am green with envy. You certainly have a talent for visualizing, then creating things. I can't even make a poor copy of things looking at someone else's picture. I was wondering what kind of acid you used to clean the items with, and if this acid also gives the copper that multi colored look, or if the coloring is done by heat or some other method. Thank you very much for sharing.
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:58 PM
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But But But!! I don't see any real Maple Leaves. For a pattern see youre flag.
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You said don't gag when you get the price of the copper, my grand sons other grand father just finish his new house and used over 3,300# of copper sheet, for the valleys, porch roof, and any thing else he could think of.
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:41 AM
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Ed of the North, you do beautiful & innovative work.

You and many others make this forum interesting, enjoyable and educational for me.

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:23 AM
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Thanks everyone

Allessence someone I know mentioned tig for doing this type of welding, I had planned on buying a tig later on for some other future projects so I may give it a go when that time comes.
Gerry I checked all the scrappers in town and nobody had any scrap copper or bronse, in fact their was only one place in Winnipeg that sold the new sheets that I could find, oh except one other place sold them but they now have a $2500 minimum purchase so that was out.
Pat the acid is just regular toilet bowl cleaner, their is a fellow on youtube who does this type of metal work and where I got the ideas for most of these items and techniques, the acid just cleans the fire scale off the copper and leaves it a natural copper color and will save time on the wirewheel, to get the colors I used my O/A torch to flame color the copper, it takes time and practise to get that right but the good thing is if you dont like the results you can wire wheel it again and start over.
Lew I need to try some different clear coat brands as I found that the clear coat im using takes away alot of the bright reds and purples for some reason???
Duckman I just couldnt fathom what that would cost to do the roof etc but being employed in the mining industry i am happy to hear people are still using large quantities of base metals
Amigo, I come here and keep coming back here for the same reasons you do... its a great site with great people.

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