Here is a sweet tutorial for those of you beginners who want an easy basic beginning metal work project with a fabulous result. This will be posted in two parts. My patinated copper hoops with garnet twinkles. Enjoy! ~
|Cut two 8 inch pieces of copper wire, I used 18 gauge but anything from 20 down to 14 would work.|
|Wrap the wire around a mandrel or other round object such as a dowel, that is the size of the hoop you want to make, and make two that are the same size.|
|Mark your hoops with a sharpie or other |
permanant marker and cut with a flush cutter. This tool cuts two flat edges and allows the parts to be soldered to line up nicely.
|Apply flux to the joint, I am using paste flux here|
|Add a small amount of Easy Solder on top of the flux|
Use a medium torch and heat until the solder flows and then quench in a bowl of water.
|Soak hoops in a pickle pot with sparex solution to remove firescale and then brush with a brass brush and mild soap such as dish washing liquid|
|True your hoops on your mandrel or dowel so that they are round.|
|Forge with a hammer for a textured edge.|
Here I am using a solution of water and liver of sulfer gel to give a patina to the newly cleaned copper. In part 2 I will show how to add the beads, jump rings and earwires for the completed project.