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Height: 16"

Most all of the copper flowers depicted in these photos were on wooden bases. The bases were either pine or fir and they were lightly burned with the torch, rubbed down with a cloth, and sprayed with clear acrylic. Unfortunately, the photos are so degraded that the nice (and quick) finish this technique gave the wood is not visible.

Most of the copper flowers and leaves were cut by hand with compound snips from sheet copper made for roofing. The blooms were usually cut using a cardboard pattern I had made, and the leaves were usually cut free-hand to suit the piece. The cut copper shapes were then carefully melted along the edges to provide texture. The leaves were usually left with the heat discolorations to mute the copper, and the flower blooms were usually colored red by an acid dip and heat. The stems were made from yellow, brazing-bronze wire of appropriate diameter to the flower’s size.

Some of the flowers shown have blooms made using a high-copper bronze scrap from the local zipper factory. These scraps and others that I have no pictures of provided inspiration for the shapes into which they were formed.

A small copper disk was usually used at the bottom of the flower with a short piece of rod on the bottom to go into a hole in the base. The stems were brazed to the copper disk, but the high heat-conductance of the copper made it necessary to silver-solder the leaves. The lower heat requirement of the silver solder allowed the leaves to be attached without the stem connections being re-melted.

These are but a few of the designs I produced over the years.

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