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
Aviation snips or other tin-snips
long nose pliers
Hammer and small nail "same thickness as your wire"
List of materials needed
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."
Step 1: Cutout the Pieces
Center the templates on the lids and tape them on with Scotch tape so you can see the lines.
I had to tape them on the outside of the lid since the tape wouldn't stick to the inside.
I first tried using some old tin-snips I had but it left some ragged edges and made my hands pretty sore. I finally spent some time digging around in my shed and found my Aviation shears. these work SOOOO much better and you don't even have to file/sand the edges when you use these.
After you have all your pieces cutout, you need to punch a hole in the center of each with a nail.
Step 2: Prep the Stem and Put on the Pieces
Step 3: Start to Form the Pedals
Go around in a circle ensuring the pieces overlap on the edges
Then move to the #5 piece and again use your long nose pliers to start shaping the rose pedals but this one does not get formed quite as tightly.
Continue with this until all the rose pedals are formed.
The #1 piece is different as it's 5 legs are bent down toward the stem.