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My project in metals class at college, fall 2012. Assignment was to incorporate copper and steel into one sculpture. This is not a DIY home project, unless you have access to specialized tools such as anvils, mig welders, various metal cutters, etc. Also this is not intended to be a step-by-step instruction, rather it is a general guide to inspire your own creativity. I invested over 40 hrs because of the many individual parts to cut and shape. Enjoy!
 
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Step 1: Make paper patterns for each rose petal

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I used a fake rose as the prototype...

-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

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draw all rose petals on copper sheet with sharpie marker, Copper is EXPENSIVE and we were only given one sheet each, so I wanted minimal waste. Note how closely the petals are spaced. I had to purchase three more sheets.

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

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Cutting and bending each piece took FOREVER, but the annealing process helped with the latter! I used the various anvils, and the plastic hammers on the soft copper.

Three of the petals I used... shown here with the prototype that I actually never used.

These are the 6 finished roses before installation.
bcavaciuti8 months ago

awesome almost looks like a crown :D

mamaibarra699 months ago
That's a beautiful work of art!!
Hi, would you consider selling these? Please email me on jill@jillandjackmillinery.com if you would. Thanks jill
angelgabriel (author)  Millineryjill1 year ago
Hi Jill, I'm flattered u would ask! I'll proly keep it though bc it's personal value to me is more than it's worth. btw i like ur cool hat designs.
Those roses are so pretty and when it is put all together it is just beautiful :) You should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!
angelgabriel (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
thx Penolopy! sorry for late reply.
shazni1 year ago
Beautiful work!
angelgabriel (author)  shazni1 year ago
Thx! I favorited your hotwire styrofoam cutter a few days ago. I plan to make one someday:)
This really should be a featured Instructable.
angelgabriel (author)  awesomecreations1 year ago
I'm new to this site... What is a featured instructable? Thx
See the "PRO" in front of my profile name? I got that via a featured instructable of mine. If an instructable is cool and popular (and different or that makes people say "Why didn't I think of that?!) and is made with simple, but in-depth instructions, it could become recognised by someone at Instructables who then adds it to the Instructables.com homepage or a group of instructables shown there..
angelgabriel (author)  awesomecreations1 year ago
Oh cool nice job. I don't see the PRO by ur name, but which instructable of urs earned it?
http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Jellyfish/
angelgabriel (author)  awesomecreations1 year ago
I was lookin at ur jellyfish yesterday. Very creative. I had a plastics light project in school 2weeks ago... That would have been nice to make in acrylic
The Halo sword was pretty cool though.
Lorddrake1 year ago
fantastic work
angelgabriel (author)  Lorddrake1 year ago
Thx! It was my first time workin w/ an anvil and mig welder. Very labor intensive, but fun.