The first three step: working copper wires.
Anniversary Rose is small rose (20 cm lenght x 11cm widht x 6 cm), that takes its name after the pair of wedding rings crossed across the stem.
You may have already read something about that in my post, but today I’d like to show you its making of, step by step.
For a start, I make the stem. I chose a copper wire and cut it. Then I “delicately” hammer the wire.
Secondly, I chose the “branch”, clean and hammer it and eventually I weld it to the stem.
Third step is the making of wedding rings, by using copper wire.
Making anniversary rose petals and leaves.
Now it’s time to draw petals and leaves, from a copper sheet. I clean the sheet, to get a bright color. In case I use ageed copper sheet or light blue copper sheet, I won’t clean it to avoid removing the film. Instead, before fire-working it, it is necessary to remove the film that naturally cover copper and turns it into a darker color (you may see it in the photo on the right below: the lower part of the copper sheet is lighter the the upper one, because I cleaned it).
I’ve already described the ageeing process in another post, but you might be interested to know a little more about the way copper turno into light-blue color. It is the output of a chemical process: I cover the sheet with a special product and then it is let getting dry. The process takes about 4-6 days.
I make leaves one by one: I have to be calm, to work slow and to pay attention to what I’m doing to such small creatures:
Finally it’s time to fix both petals and leaves:
The photo above shows a fire-worked anniversary Rose, while in the one below, there is a ageed copper item:
The last two steps.
The next step is covering welting color with a golden varnish, using a small brush. You can see the output in the next photo, if you check the cross between wedding rings and the stem and between stem and branch.
The very last thing is covering the item with a special film (a transparent varnish) that will protect it from air, humidity and from the contact with human skin. This means that on one side, the item will be protected and won’t turn dark (the ageeing process, won’t start), while, on the other side, you will be protected as well.
Finally, some advice:
Don’t try to bend the stem: you might damage the item. The reason is that the more you work copper, the harder it gets. And I worked a lot on such a small wire!
In case of need, petals and leaves can be moved using fingers or tweezers.
I put so much love in making each single piece, that’s why I also make attention when preparing it for shipping. You will find it wrapped in a pretty big amount of recyclable paper and plastic! It might require some time to unfasten it, and I’m sorry for that, but I still want it to be safe and my customers happy with their purchase.