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.