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This is a fancy instructable for any sort of lady-getting type thing or holiday relating to women of any sort: Metal Flowers!




(the first picture is a Calla Lily, and the second is a rose)
 
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Step 1: Materials

-Copper or brass sheet. Thin, but not so thin that it's like sandwich foil. how much you need depends on how large you want your flower to be

-Steel or other metal rod of a decent thickness. Again, i've left this extremely variable for the size of your flower. The stuff I'm using is gonna be using is about 1/4" round barstock.
also for the first flower in this instructable (the small rose) for ease of use we're going to use a standard duplex nail.

-Miscellaneous bits n' pieces.


Step 2: Tools

-Ballpien hammer. Prefer a ballpien but it's not entirely necessary.
-Vice
-Torch and brick or forge. I have a forge, but a propane torch with a wide head or an oxy acetylene turned on low with a rosebud will do. (this is somewhat optional. If you need to anneal your copper/brass first you will need this. Some stuff you buy comes pre annealed and finished. If your metal is overly stiff you'll want this)

-Sandpaper
-Glue (good idea to have around but not completely necessary)

Step 3: Now we begin.

Picture of Now we begin.
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Clip your pieces out of the copper sheet and drill your holes in the middle. Then stack the pieces up and estimate the thickness.

(you can get an idea of what your pieces should look like by looking at a picture of the flower and piecing apart its geometry but i won't get into that)

Take that measurement and add a little to it (for mine i added about a quarter inch) Then weld your nut/washer to the piece of barstock that far from the end.

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abbabibble2 (author)  ladiesman2476 years ago
what, a hammer?
This is a good method for someone's first flowers. Once someone has had some more experience with the metal (and if they can somehow find all the time), they might consider hammering the petals into shape before they place it on the stem. For a comparison of how that looks, I used on the rose I posted in "show, tell, and brag."
hay_jumper6 years ago
It's spelled "peen". You offer up two flowers in the beginning, bit seem to make a different one? You could add an additional instructable on how to weld, and how to make patinas to gain color on your copper flowers. Nice work.
abbabibble2 (author)  hay_jumper6 years ago
ah crap i knew i forgot to edit something. i'm aware that this isn't my most coherent instructable ever but really i was just showing how to do the basics, not one specific flower. This method can be applied to most flowers you'd want to make, though.
You can still edit it.
abbabibble2 (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
yeah i will.
Goodhart6 years ago
Takes me back 30 years when I had a small forge..... *sigh*
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Nice job! I remember one someone forged some flowers. Cool!
SWV17876 years ago
I remember doing this with a square of copper to make a budding rose I gave it to a girl I liked at the time and she even held it in her senior photos. if you do a rose drip some rose oil on it to make it smell like the real deal...
pyro136 years ago
Very neat!!! thats a great idea!