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Heres a nice copper box to make, Ive used reclaimed sheet copper & copper wire.
The heart design on the top is cold enameled, which sounds posh but its epoxy resin with glitter mixed in!
To make you will need:
Small sheet of copper or brass five inch square should be plenty, about 1mm thick.
Few inches of scrap copper wire. I used old electrical wire and stripped off the plastic.
Leadfree solder & flux.
Fast set epoxy resin. Comes in two tubes.
Bit of red glitter.

Tin snips
Pencil torch or soldering iron.
Pliers.
Polishing kit.
Sandpaper.
Files.

 
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Step 1: Mark out the copper

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From thin wood or MDF, cutout a heart template the size of the base of the box. This one is 3 x 3 cm. Mark this onto the copper sheet using a sharp scribe or file. With tinsnips cut the shape from the copper, clean off with sandpaper and flattern out any bumps on a flat surface using a hammer.

Step 2: Cut out the side of the box.

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The side of this box is 2cm deep, so cut from the copper a 2cm wide strip about 12 cm long. Clean this with the sandpaper and then its ready to be bent into a heart shape. If the strip is annealed it bends much easier into shape, to anneal copper its heated with the blow torch or pencil torch to red hot and then allowed to cool. This changes the make up of the metal and makes it more pliable.

Using the wood template as a guide, work the strip around the the wood until its heart shaped. Cut off with snips at the back so a solder joint can be made. What you end up with looks like a cookie cutter, clean the two surfaces of the joint ready for soldering.
rachel2 years ago
Beautiful results from such a simple technique! I have to try this sometime.
ChrysN3 years ago
Nice, I'm impressed how nice the epoxy and glitter look.
foobear3 years ago
divine
Thanks for the comment, great instructables, by the way!