Section of copper pipe
Old CD
Coat hanger
Paper Clip
Sand paper, various grits
Soldering torch optional

Step 1: Make a Copper Sheet

Cut a section of copper pipe. If you don’t have a pipe cutter use a hack saw or other safe means.
Cut the section open with a pair of metal shears.
Use pliers to open it up and then a hammer to flatten it out.
Cut it in half.
<p>Thank you so much for posting this Mrballeng, it was so much fun working on it, I gave it to someone special.</p><p>Cheers!</p>
<p>Is it possible to make this if you don't have a solderer?</p>
<p>No. You have to be able to solder some of the pieces. Although you could just eliminate them. The 3rd fin and the paper clip. Then you could do it without soldering.</p>
<p>he didn't, so I assume yes.</p>
<p>stunning and such a fun design lovely !</p>
<p>Mother's Day is right around the corner, so I figured this would be the perfect gift for my wife, especially since parting words with our boys is 'Love you to the moon'. Thanks for the idea, inspiration, and the instructable Mrballeng. It was straightforward yet a bit challenging. <br><br>I changed up how the back plate stays put by soldering a tab to each wing. Undo the jump ring and slide the back plate up. And I could not get the window formed without it getting a bunch of bubbles in it. Maybe my heat gun gets too hot? Thanks again.</p>
<p>love it!!!</p>
<p>Currently attempting this</p>
What was your method with flattening out the copper tube? I am lacking in arm strength and having trouble using pliers thanks!
I used pliers to open it up enough so I could use a hammer to flatten it. You may be able to open it up by placing 2 claw hammers against each other and using the claw parts to pry it open. If you try that be careful and wear eye protection just in case.
This. Is. Amazing!! I love the entire project - you made it incredibly interesting. Awesome!!
This project is incredible! I love the descriptive explanations and the critical thinking behind each step. It is also very helpful to better understand how one would plan and organize his/her creative process. <br> <br>Thanks so much for sharing. :D
Chiming in here way late, but here's one tip for dealing with the silvery solder on copper pieces. I use a saturated vinegar and sea salt &quot;pickle&quot; heated in a crockpot to remove oxidation and flux residue from my copper pieces. This solution turns blue as it becomes saturated with copper molecules. Use the blue pickle to copper plate the solder after removing excess solder. Simply remove a small amount of pickle to another container, toss your piece in it and pinch off a little bit of steel wool. Throw the steel wool in the stew on top of your piece and wait a few minutes for the magic to happen. The copper molecules in the pickle will plate onto the piece and cover the solder. The plating will be thin, so polish carefully or you'll remove it. Plating works best when the piece is very well cleaned of oil or fingerprints. I use an alcohol prep pad to wipe it down before I drop it into the plating pickle. <br><br>If you need to mix a batch of fresh pickle, simple pour white vinegar into a glass container or small crock pot, throw in a handful of sea salt. There are no particular proportions, so no need to sweat amounts, just dump it in. Heat it until it is very hot using whatever method you choose and toss a copper scrap into the pickle. Let it sit in the heat for a bit and just continue as directed above. Warning: Use pickle in a well ventilated area and do not boil, the fumes, while not very toxic, are not very pleasant. Keep your pickle pot covered while heating.<br><br>MrBalleng, you are amazing and I have a request. Would you please do a video describing all the various &quot;improvised&quot; tools you so cleverly use? Sure would be helpful for this broke, metal banging, gal.
rsmith63, thanks very much for explaining this! I've always wondered how to copper plate the unsightly silver solder. Your method sounds very easy and more importantly, cheap!!! And I second the video request! :D<br><br>MrBalleng, excellent instructable as always. Keep up the awesome work. You are an inspiration to those of us just getting started with metalworking and feel overwhelmed by all the specialty tools that they say one needs. Thanks for keeping it simple and noob-friendly.<br><br>Cheers.
Your a genius! I never thought of that. Thanks so much for the advice. I'll make a video. I'm still working on my last video which was &quot;how to solder&quot; but it's not up to par yet. Thanks again.
So sorry to take so long!
Alright!!! Thank you. Now this instructable is complete. =)
i was just thinking as i read through this again.. did you try to run the chain through through the second ring as well as the the jump? i only ask becaus of the angle it would create, making it a more dramatic looking piece ya know?
Never thought of it. Good thinking.
I'm only sorry that I saw this when I was on a break at work. Now I have to wait until I get home to give it a try. This is beautiful work and appeals to the artist as well as the astronomer.
Can you tell me how big the pipe was? I think I got one to thick, lol.
The pipe I used was 1&quot; in diameter and about the same thickness as the edge of a dime.
Thank you for letting me know! You are a super star!
I love this and I'm going to try it. Thanks for the great idea and great instructable! I voted for you as well, good luck!
Cool, Thanks!
nice! but you need better directions to go with all your pictures.
MB, I love UR stuff and gave you 5 stars! Your live out maxim of beauty in simplicity. I can't wait to see what you do next ! What do read or view that inspires you? I've hammered out one nickel and heated it &amp; ready to make my &quot;Bottle-cap&quot; the other nickel flew off the anvil to be lost in the &quot;Hoarders&quot; like clutter of my bedroom. It takes a lot not to destroy the blank while getting to the correct diameter. What did you use to solder it w/o silver showing up on the copper? I love to work with copper &amp; would like to solder my homemade chainmaille rings, but don't want the silver to show.
I just keep my eyes open. One this I do is notice other other people's jewelry and figure out how I could make it myself. Another is to ask someone what their favorite shape and the make pedant out of it. <br> <br>If you look closely at the 7th picture you can still see the silver solder. I filed away the excess to minimize the color contrast. I know you can braze copper to keep a constant color but I don't know how to do it myself.
Might I suggest 'bright copper', a liquid chemical finish that when painted on deposits a layer of copper on the metal. It is meant to coat solder so it would probably work well for this and it can be gotten at stained glass suppliers. Look for it under 'patinas'.
Will you marry me?
I'm flattered ;)
Very impressive!<br><br>Did you put any finish on it?<br><br>An outstanding instructable!
Nope, no finish. I thought it would look better as it oxidizes.
Then I wouldn't wear it as a necklace, unless you like a green spot on your chest! LOL
To avoid the discoloration many folks that enjoy the beauty of copper will apply thin coats of clear nail polish or clear lacquer or polyurethane. I do chainmaille &amp; wire- wrapped jewelry where many suggest these coatings. If you use only copper wire in a design there's special wire that's pre-coated to avoid the green patina.
How does it take shape if its on something solid?
Hammering the copper expands it. By hammering within the wire frame the rocket starts to &quot;inflate&quot;.
I cant make that indent!!!!
I'll post a video on it if that would help you.
Thanks!!!! I appreciate it!!!
do you think it would work with thinner copper? I have some copper sheeting, but its pretty thin.
Yes, see my two sided heart instructable.
what thickness of copper did you use? about how thick was the end copper sheet?
Mrballeng, <br> <br>Congratulations on a job well done, both in concept and in execution. As someone else has already commented, this project embodies the spirit of Instructables. <br> <br>You have my vote . . . if I can figure out how to cast it. <br>
Nice !! <br>Gets a 5 of 5 from me, and my vote.
I'm confused...how do you make the 3rd fin?
The third fin is cut out from one of the corners of the copper sheet. See step 3.
I am definitely making this. Very nice job!
Fantastic! You epitomize the spirit of Instructables- using what is at hand to make something wonderful!

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