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A couple years ago I started looking for crafty things to do with the scrap wire from projects around my house.  This is one of the cooler things I came up with.  A decorative copper lantern for flower gardens or whatever.  Takes a couple hours and basic tools to fabricate.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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14 or 12 gauge scrap wire from electrical projects around the house
some copper sheet (don't know gauge, just had some sheets laying around the basement so I used it)
various pliers/strippers/wire cutters
torch
solder

Step 2: Base

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Use the computer to layout a base for the lantern (I used MS Word with the grid set to 0.10). 

The base shown here was 2.5" x 2.5" by 0.3" when it was finished.

I used a vise to bend my first one, now I have a small metal brake I used for this particular one.

I didn't show pictures of how I folded it up, but it can be tricky sequencing the bends right.

One detail to mention is the 4 small tabs at each corner are meant to be bent so as the adjacent side folds over the tab.  A little trimming of the tabs is required for the best fit - See the 2nd picture.

Step 3: Top

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Use the computer to layout a base for the lantern (I used MS Word with the grid set to 0.10).

The top shown here is 2.75" x 4.9" (finished size) with 0.2" tabs.

I used a vise to bend my first one, now I have a small metal brake I used for this particular one and any cylindrical object I could find to give it the curve.

Step 4: Cut Wire

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Strip and cut the copper wire into:

(4) 8 inch pieces
(2) 10 inch pieces

The (2) ten inch pieces are shown after they were bent

luluka1 year ago
Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Big respect!!!! :-)
ChrysN2 years ago
Gorgeous!
That is really cool!
Kiteman2 years ago
That's a nice piece of work.