Prom was coming up, and I found myself actually having a date. Through whatever set of circumstances, my girlfriend challenged me to make the centerpiece for her corsage myself, so, being a studious maker, I gathered up the odds and ends at my disposal and got to work on a flower. I didn't really know where to start, so I just Googled 'Corsage' and looked for something simple enough to make out of some brass sheet I had been saving for some unknown purpose. My search was over when I found an orchid. It was delightfully simple; it had just six petals that were easy enough to pattern with pencil and paper. I cut out the patterns, then traced them onto the brass and cut them out. I cleaned up the edges with a file and then bent them into shape with two pairs of needle-nosed pliers. I made several attempts at soldering them together until, after many singed fingers and muttered curses, I succeeded at long last. I ended up with two very similar, yet unique, brass orchids. The night of prom comes and goes with all due celebration as they must, for I would wonder endlessly at the occasion if I had never attended one personally. In the early afternoon of the day after, I log in to instructables to peek around and whatnot, and I decide that the world should know about my creation. And thusly will I humbly present the documentation and commentary of the making of a third brass orchid.

This flower can be finished in about two hours. There is no mandatory down time and it is a moderately easy project.

Step 1: Things you will need and where to find them

The items I used and where I got them are as follows:

-Needle nose pliers: Any hardware store

-Rosin Core soldering wire: Radio Shack

-A butane torch: Home Depot, but I believe Lowe's has them too.

-Butane refill for torch: Home Depot

-Lighter: Grocery store, dollar store, department store, sporting goods store.

-Files: Hardware store. To clarify, I only used the machine file on this project, but just about any metal cutting file will do.

-Copper Wire: Hobby store- Michael's

-Brass sheet: Michael's

-Aviation shears: Lowe's

-Hammer and Striking surface: I got the hammer at Lowe's, and the striking surface is a bit of 3/16" metal plate

-Safety Glasses: Hardware store or department store. Should be used during soldering operations.

is it messed up that soldering is harder for me then it is to weld haha
This is very well written , and creative! You make me want to try to solder, and, make it seem not so scary! LOL! :D

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