A quick pick into the making of Rose&buds candleholder: the job step by step
The making of copper Rose
The making of a copper Rose is a process that takes two hours time in case to make a natural copper rose. In order to make an ageed copper rose, it takes at least a week.
The first step is to draw petals and leaves from the model I developed. To make petals I usually use 0.1 mm and 0.3 mm copper sheets. To make leaves I use 0.1 mm copper sheets.
Petals can be natural copper coloured, fire-worked (orange colored), light-blue coloured (that is got through a chemical process) or ageed (I usualy mix natual copper coloured petals with ageed copper petals).
The second step is preparing the stem: I measure and cut the copper pipe, and drill it to add branches. After this, I weld copper wire to add branches. I also add thorns.
Thirdly, the making of leaves. Each side is “carved” and then glued.
The next and most interesting step is assembling petals and shaping them.
Finally, the rose is put on the wooden base and covered with a special transparent film in order to protect it from ageeing.
The making of
First 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.
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. Thirdly, I make the
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, then I fix them to branches.
The next step is covering welting color with a copper or golden varnish, using a small brush.
The very last step 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.
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The making of
Rose&Buds Candle holder
Rose&buds candle holder is made with 0.6 mm pipe, 1, 1.5 or 2 mm and 0.6 mm wire and 0.1mm, 0.3 and 0.5 mm copper sheet.
The central rose can be ageed copper, light blue ore natural copper coloured. This time I experimented and decided to make fire-worked central petals, in order to get warmer colours, that seem to me a little more suitable in Christmas time.
First step is bending the pipe: I use a proper tool in order to avoid the pipe to bend badly and to get no more usable. Then I make holes into pipes, as showed on the first photo on the right.
The second step is about central flower. As rose&buds is a candle holder, the the rose is going to be simpler and lighter to balance sides weight. I chose 0.3 and 0.5 mm copper sheet.
Once I cut the piece, both surfaces are carefully cleand whereas edges are smoothed by machine. I also decided to carve sides of petals.
After that, it’s fire-working time. As the result is pretty strong in terms of colours, a second cleaning is need.
Third step is about mounting central rose on the rose branch (that is, the bent pipe).
Finally is time to work on the sides: I prepare designs and wire to make and assembly small rose buds and leaves.
It takes a pretty long time, as it usually happens when they try to make nice and delicate small sized things.
Before fastening rose buds to pipe-branch, from 1 to 2 mm tick wires are melted to the pipe. The output is showed on the photo below. As usual, the piece is covered with a special transparent varnish in order to stop metal from getting ageed.