Step 1: Make Paper Patterns for Each Rose Petal
-Several pics and measurements from every angle was taken.
-Rose dissected and labeled in order piece by piece. Each row of petals changed in both size and shape. Correct order is important.
-These pics show the petals in its CONTOURED shape... the patterns I make on copper sheets must replicate them in its FLATTENED shape for accuracy.
-The petals look the same at first glance, but there are slight variances, as in nature.
Step 2: Draw and Cut Out All the Rose Petals
This is what some of the cut, preshaped petals looked like. In total, I had about 116 petals and leaves. After each shape is cut out and edges sanded smooth, Annealing them with a torch made them more pliable for the next step... shaping with the anvil.
Step 3: Many Hours on the Anvil
Three of the petals I used... shown here with the prototype that I actually never used.
These are the 6 finished roses before installation.
Step 4: Making Steel Table/wall Base
I managed to form the thin stems into a closed tube shape with the aid of a clamp vise. After 4-5 hours of hammering and vise, I grinded the flat steel to produce this shiny metallic finish. The sculpture is self-standing, designed to be set on a table.
Step 5: Refine Base, Add Wall Mounting Bracket
-First I made a paper test pattern, making sure proper fit.
-I transfer the pattern on scrap steel.
-I cut the steel about 1/2" past the line. this gives me enough extra material to hammer into round 3D shape.
-I test fit before welding, making minor adjustments.
To achieve the weathered patina:
-mix white vinegar with salt to a thin paste consistency
-apply the paste thoroughly to both sides of leaves
-let leaves sit in sealed ziploc bag for about 6-12 hrs. The longer it sits, the more it weathers.
-remove leaves and rinse off paste with water.
Attach leaves to sculpture base with sheet metal screws.
Step 7: Assemble Roses on Base, Add Optional Thorns
This is the prototype thorn I came up with, trying to add dimension and organic look to scrap copper.
-Polished thorn(left) looks better than unpolished(right) Tips are NEEDLE sharp!
-I first attach thorns w/ masking tape, so I can make any adjustments. I decided to install 15 thorns total.
-Each thorn installed w/ one sheet metal screw hidden in backside. It is important to use proper fastener(wood screws will NOT hold on to the metal).