So far all the metal roses I've seen on websites require more tools then a lot of people have access to. I was inspired by the metal roses on Instructables, but they had steps that novices might think is not in their wheelhouse. So, I designed a rose that the materials are either available at home or easily acquired at a home improvement store and used tools that new makers probably already own.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

All the materials should be readily available at the home depot. Here are the Products I used down below.


Needle Nose Pliers $6.82

11mm $1.97 or 7/16" $2.49 open ended wrenches x 2

Hand Drill or Drill Press

HDX Tin snips $9.88

Gloves 10 pairs for $10.00

1/4 inch Drill Bit $4.97


Threaded rod 1\4"x 20 x 12" x 12 $0.98

1\4"x 20 nuts (25 Pack) $1.47

Lock washers (18 Pack) 1.18

12 in. x 18 in. 26-Gauge Zinc-Plated Metal Sheet $4.97

<p>I used your templates, doubling or tripling them in kitchen foil by cutting them out, rubbing the foil over them for an imprint, then folding the foil over before cutting them out with scissors. The petals were simply scrunched against my thumb. I made the Sepal out of heavier foil from a disposable barbecue base. The stem is a piece of copper brake pipe - which takes nice curves - and it's all held together with a self-tapping screw in to the bore of that.</p><p>Thanks for the inspiration, great instructable and the templates. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. </p><p>Because the foil is lightweight this will be an indoor rose rather than an outdoor one.</p>
<p>Nice job, time to put it in a vase and maybe make a few more.</p>
Nice job. I tried following one those other intractable you referred too, but I couldn't source copper sheets locally. I ended up with &quot;copper&quot; colored aluminum... you can imagine the fun I had trying heat it with a blow touch to undo the work Hardening so I could bend it after shaping it... I burn a few too many wholes and lot of lumps.
<p>yeah that is why I went with steel because it was more readily available. I am going to try a few other materials but sourcing them is the problem.</p>
<p>Wow! Beautiful. I think I will try with all the aluminum cans I have. Is there a way to blunt the edges?</p>
Not really, as the aluminium can is so thin it is blade-like even at it's bluntest. You can roll the edges over though.
I guess i'll try that. Thanks for the advice. Again, like the roe a great deal.
I tried this with Al sheets. I ran into work hardening issues. You might not have it as bad with the cans but Al will get brittal quickly after hammering or bending. (The instruction I was following was for copper and called for it to be heated to soften again, but the aluminum proved to be very touch about it)
<p>Beautifull work! congrats! Voted :D!</p>
Thank you so much for voting for me. I hope you find an occasion to make one and share it with all of us!
<p>I used a brass screw to hold the petals together. For the stem I used copper tubing and inserted the brass screw into the end of the copper tubing. I then soldered the screw and a few copper leaves I made to the copper tubing. It looks beautiful and you don't have to deal with the threads on the threaded rod.</p>
I would love to see how you did that!
Excellent idea &amp; awesome tutorial. Future project
<p>Thats really cool!</p>
<p>Awesome tutorial. I just had a picture pop in my head of making this rose out of soda cans. A sprite can for the leaves and a cola can for the rose petals. I have no idea if it would work but I may just try it. Thanks for the inspiration.</p>
<p>I was thinking the exact same thing. Great minds think alike!</p><p>It'll take a bit more bending and folding to blunt the edges though, or there could be some deep cuts...I suppose it's one way of keeping pesky cats out of my garden though!</p>
<p>Go for it! I think it would look great! please post a picture so I can see how beautiful it is.</p>
<p>That is so cool!</p>
<p>Nice work and great instructable. I may have to try this using copper sheet and tube. I can solder the petals, instead of using nuts, and give the whole thing a cool blue-green patina by soaking in a mixture of salt and white vinegar.</p>
<p>Did mine a little different. Used 1/4 solid rod. Drill hole in rod and peddles with a rivet and epoxy to hold it all together.</p>
<p>Looking good. I don't like to use epoxy because it gets everywhere and I cant breathe around it.</p>
got to add the bottom leafs next. think I will use JB weld because the epoxy I had did not want to hold. think it's to smooth?
<p>It probably is too smooth. Try sanding it a bit to give the adhesive some tooth to try to stick it together.</p>
<p>Nice ible started with the copper one way back but i did not really follow through.</p><p>Partly because i got a nasty cut when i saw your instructable i remembered my knifegloves.</p><p>Now its time to make bunch with different materials thx for bringing it up</p>
<p>Thanks for reading my instructable. I am excited to see what you come up with and can't wait to see pictures!</p>

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