How to Make Copper Daffodils

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Introduction: How to Make Copper Daffodils

About: I like to make stuff for my home and garden from wood and metal..

Hi, I had a go making these copper daffodils in the hope I wouldn’t have to buy flowers for my wife ever again! (Not true) I had some 1 inch (25 mm) lying around and thought this would be a great way to use it. Hope you have a go making them.

Step 1: Watch the Video Below...

Have a look at the video above to watch how I made these copper daffodils or have a look at my guide below.

The materials need for this are:

30 inches (762 mm) of 1 inch (25 mm) copper pipe

¼ chrome bar (I got mine from a broken clothes rail (clothes horse/airer)

Step 2: Copper Pipe

Mark six 3.5 inch (89 mm)sections on the pipe.

Step 3: Cutting the Pipe.

Put a cut down this length of pipe using a grinder with a fine disc then cut it into the 6 parts.

Step 4: Opening Out the Copper.

Using two pliers open and flatten out each of the six sections.

Step 5: Marking and Cutting Petals.

Mark out the petals on these six flattened sections and cut them out using a snips. You can then rough up the petals with a hammer to add some texture to them.

Step 6: Cutting the Remaining Pipe.

Cut the remaining 9 inches (229 mm) of pipe into six 1.5 inch (38 mm)

Step 7: Adding the Lip to the Tube.

Using the two pliers again and a hammer turn back a lip on the pipe to form the tube (trumpet or whatever it’s called)

Step 8: Drill Holes

Drill holes in the middle of the petal sections. (the size will depend on the size of the bar you are using for the stem)

Step 9: Flux.

After a clean with some steel wool add some flux to the copper.

Step 10: Heating the Copper.

Heat up the copper using a blow torch to the melting temperature of the brazing rod.

Step 11: Brazing.

When it’s heated up bring in the brazing rod and join the two pieces together.

Step 12: Tap and Die.

I then used a tap and die set to create the threads in the ¼ inch chrome bar. I then bent the bar (stem)in a vice.

Step 13: Cleaning.

Use some fine steel wool to clean the copper.

Step 14: Attaching Stem to Daffodil

Using the tap part of the tap and die set I formed threads in the daffodil. (Where I drilled the holes earlier) Then screw the stem and the top together.

Step 15: Copper Daffodils.

There they are the finished daffodils!

Step 16: The Finished Daffodils.

These will last forever! You could give them a better clean than I did and polish them up to a shiny finish. Once again my lack of patience won out.

If you liked this project and would like to see more from me you can subscribe to my YouTube channel here:Eamon Walsh DIYThanks.

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    Have been in the hardware store yesterday to buy the long desired tools.I hope to find time to build them soon.

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    Excellent!! send me a picture when you do!

    Been looking for an excuse the buy a burner..now I have on:)). Great instructable, Can't wait to get going. Thanks:). Great job.

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    Thanks ade607, they are a useful thing to have around!

    Thanks EdensGrandma! thank you for watching.

    I am now looking for copper pipe in my scrap bin!!!

    Great job Eamon

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    Thank you On Ya Bike! Send a pic if ya make some..

    These are great! Your wife is a lucky woman :-)

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    Ha ha thank you wyldecent! I must tell her that. :-)

    Excellent send me a pic when you do..

    No problem Deneen, Thank you for watching!

    Love these! So pretty! And they're great if you have allergies because they don't produce pollen. Win! :)

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    Thank you Diamonds :-) I never thought of that.

    Thank you very much! Wales is a lovely country, i have been a few times.