Picture of Tuna Rose, from Tuna Can lids
Update:  I just finished uploading a YouTube video I took when I made my last rose.  It shows a new process I use for making the stem.  I now use a longer piece of 14 or 12 gauge copper wire folded in half.  I then twist them together which looks better, is stiffer, and provides a much more integrated look to the leaves.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3BZb2C8UwI

I was browsing the web looking for a quiet project to do while the kids were sleeping. I came across someone who made a metal rose using a Forge, anvil and hammer.  This was intended for blacksmiths so it didn't fit my Quiet need but when looking at the included template I noticed it was the same size as the Tuna lids I had just removed for lunch. hmm.... Here is the link to the original blacksmith post:  http://www.anvilfire.com/iForge/tutor/rose/top_index.htm I can't seem to find the template on that site anymore so i have attached the image I had saved a while ago. If it doesn't print properly, the largest piece #2 is the same size as the top of a tuna can.
List of tools needed.
Scissors to cut out the template
Scotch tape
Aviation snips or other tin-snips
long nose pliers
Hammer and small nail "same thickness as your wire"

List of materials needed
Printed Template
7 lids to tuna cans or other cans as long as they are all the same color.
12 gauge copper wire "i used a little extra I had from a wiring job I recently did."

KruS111 months ago

That vision thing: an asset you have in abundance.

Have you tried miniatures with railroad flattened pennies? I "imagined" what you have done a while back and railroaded the pennies. Now I gotta see if I have the patience to work at a scale that small.

Probably I will have to make each flattened penny a petal, with the stem hole near one end, but otherwise nest and curve and turn down tips as you have done.

Oz28142 years ago
This is just fantastic! I have one question: what is the diameter of the can lid?
MikeO (author) 2 years ago
Thanks everyone, I didn't think this would be such a hit. I know my Wife liked it. The first one "tall one in the center" was her Valentines day present this year.
Simply awesome!
That's superb !
minu.dina2 years ago
Good stuff!