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
-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.
Step 2: Conceptualization
I searched for 'Corsages' through Google and found plenty of flowers, many of which were out of my skill range. After looking around over and over again, I found a suitable candidate: The orchid. The petals are delightful, and the shape is graceful, but that bit in the middle would be a bit too much of a challenge for me.
I drew up the shape of the petals and played with them until I made something that I liked. I cut them out of the paper and set them aside to become the patterns.
Step 3: Layout, Cutout
Step 4: Finishing and Shaping
It's possible to get blisters from handling the workpiece so much; if this happens, use an adhesive bandage to pad the affected area.
After I filed all of the edges smooth, I used my pliers to mold the petals into a more organic shape. Bend the outside edges gently upward , and then bend the length of the petal gently downward.
Step 5: Soldering... Soldering... Soldering... ALL DONE! (kinda)
This will outline provide a very simple method of soldering termed 'sweat soldering' I am including a short video as well.
Be sure to conduct all of your work over a well dampened towel. this will protect your workspace from damage and is useful for cooling hot metal.
These petals need little stems to hold everything together. It is most prudent to solder the stems in just about the middle of the piece. Though counter-intuitive it may seem, the flower cannot be properly assembled otherwise. Cut the stems about an inch and a half in length to provide ample space to work with. grip both petal and stem in the jaws of the pliers at the very base of the petal. Heat up the piece with the torch in the place that is to be fused. once the piece has heated sufficiently, remove it from the flame and press the solder gently into the desired location. It should melt upon contact and make a little puddle. Press the piece into the wet towel that you have on hand to cool it down until the solder hardens.
Here is the videographic version
Step 6: If You So Desire to Proceed.
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