Introduction: How to Make a Metal Rose Without Welding and Forging

About: I make art metal works and some useful tools

Hello! There are a lot of different articles and videos on the topic of making roses. The best variants demand of welding and forging and they are beyond the reach of repetition at home! I made such roses in my workshop but I thought it would be better to think another variant out which would be attractive and simple for making. I’ll be glad if you like my approach to making roses without welding and forging and if it’s useful for you!

Step 1: ​We Shall Need

We shall need:

-a drill (or any tools that can make holes)

-an angle grinder or cutting nippers to cut a rod for a stem (if you have ready-cut piece of wire you won’t need an angle grinder)

-a hammer

-some pairs of pliers (it’s better to have different types)

- tin snips

-a tool to cut threads

-a marker -wire for a stem (I used 6mm diameter)

-sheet metal 0,5mm (thin metal is easier to be bent)

-some screw

-nuts for fastening the petals on wire (screw nuts should correspond the diameter of wire)

-the drafts for the petals (if you don’t believe in yourselves I’ll share my drafts with pleasure. I’ll leave them at the end of this article. It’s left to print them with the necessary size and to outline on metal)

That’s all! All these materials you can find in your workshop! I want to notice it’s a creative process and it’s not necessary to keep my instruction strictly. It’s your flower! The greater you deviate from the instruction the more attractive and more beautiful the rose is.

Step 2: Marking

First of all we’re marking the future petals. Usually, at the beginning I cut some squares of the necessary size then I find the center and drill the whole batch of the metal sheets but if you need one flower it’ll be convenient to drill every hole separately especially if you make a flower for the first time. We also draw the leaves in an arbitrary way, we only need to make a stalk enough long to fasten it to the stem. I made some twigs with 2 leaves but you can experimentalize and make a twig with 3 or even 4 leaves!

Step 3: Cutting

Then we’re using tin snips and cutting everything we drew off. You may need some practice before cutting natty petals but don’t worry indeed it’s your unique flower! The main thing is to be careful and not to cut yourselves.

Step 4: Embossed Work

We already have the ready-made set of the petals and leaves but they could be seen unfamiliar and boring. We’ll try to change it! Taking a hammer and starting to leave images on the petals in a non-systematic fashion. Such an action will make your flower interesting

Step 5: ​Bending the Leaves

I made a special point for bending because it can be seen the most unusual and time-consuming as we need to use some pairs of pliers and roll the twigs up. To make everything perfect we take the pliers in each hand and “pinch” the edges bending the leaf in an arc way. We do it throughout the length of the twig. Then we just take one pair of pliers away and using another one to flatten the twig until the end. We need to roll arc to prevent from bending a petal in the wrong way by chance!

Step 6: Tthe Stem

It’s the time to use the tools for cutting threads. Pressing out wire in a vice and cutting some cm of threads after that we screw both screw-nuts on. At this stage it’s necessary to protect the threads from accidental hits when we’re making the texture. Taking a hammer and going to a vice (or another hard thing) and beginning to rumple the stem from different sides and it begins to change the shape. That’s what we’re carrying.

Flattening a small
ground above the center (or where you want to place the leaves) and marking 4 future holes.

The next step of working with the stem will be drilling the holes to already marked measures. At the end of working with the stem we can take a soldering-copper of an angle grinder and roll up the lower screw-nut which will be the bases of the bud.

Step 7: ​Making the Bud

I make the leaves using the pattern shown in this step. Having added the petals together on top of one another I tightened them with the second screw-nut in such a way to leave a small tail with the thread. We need it to clench the screw-nut. Carefully knocking with the hammer and pressing the tip of the stem. Using such an action we’re fastening the bud reliably.

And now probably the most interesting and important part! We’ll be bending the petals! Are you worrying? There’s no point! Indeed it’s a creative process as I said. We can’t make mistakes here everything is gained with tests and fails. That’s why you need just take any pliers and make the shape of the bud!

You can watch how I’m making the bud in my video.

Step 8: ​Setting the Leaves

now we need to fix the leaves. For this we set the twig into the ready-drilled hole and its end bent with the pliers into the second hole then pressing the loop carefully . if your flower can’t get into the hole it’s not a big deal because you can correct it with an angle grinder, a file of just cut off with the tin snips.

Step 9: Remarks


-don’t drill big holes for leaves as the stem will be very thin and will be able to be broken

-with the same reason making all curves of the stem before drilling the holes. If you decide to bend the stem after, it’s possible your flower to be broken. (my one was broken)

I hope you were interested reading my article and my video was also useful. Thank you for attention!