Hi, I had a go making these copper daffodils in the hope I wouldn’t have to buy flowers for my wife ever again! (Not true) I had some 1 inch (25 mm) lying around and thought this would be a great way to use it. Hope you have a go making them.
Ps: Apologies about the music in the video, I dont know what I was thinking at the time.
Step 1: Watch the Video Below...
Have a look at the video above to watch how I made these copper daffodils or have a look at my guide below.
The materials need for this are:
30 inches (762 mm) of 1 inch (25 mm) copper pipe
¼ chrome bar (I got mine from a broken clothes rail (clothes horse/airer)
Step 2: Copper Pipe
Mark six 3.5 inch (89 mm)sections on the pipe.
Step 3: Cutting the Pipe.
Put a cut down this length of pipe using a grinder with a fine disc then cut it into the 6 parts.
Step 4: Opening Out the Copper.
Using two pliers open and flatten out each of the six sections.
Step 5: Marking and Cutting Petals.
Mark out the petals on these six flattened sections and cut them out using a snips. You can then rough up the petals with a hammer to add some texture to them.
Step 6: Cutting the Remaining Pipe.
Cut the remaining 9 inches (229 mm) of pipe into six 1.5 inch (38 mm)
Step 7: Adding the Lip to the Tube.
Using the two pliers again and a hammer turn back a lip on the pipe to form the tube (trumpet or whatever it’s called)
Step 8: Drill Holes
Drill holes in the middle of the petal sections. (the size will depend on the size of the bar you are using for the stem)
Step 9: Flux.
After a clean with some steel wool add some flux to the copper.
Step 10: Heating the Copper.
Heat up the copper using a blow torch to the melting temperature of the brazing rod.
Step 11: Brazing.
When it’s heated up bring in the brazing rod and join the two pieces together.
Step 12: Tap and Die.
I then used a tap and die set to create the threads in the ¼ inch chrome bar. I then bent the bar (stem)in a vice.
Step 13: Cleaning.
Use some fine steel wool to clean the copper.
Step 14: Attaching Stem to Daffodil
Using the tap part of the tap and die set I formed threads in the daffodil. (Where I drilled the holes earlier) Then screw the stem and the top together.
Step 15: Copper Daffodils.
There they are the finished daffodils!
Step 16: The Finished Daffodils.
These will last forever! You could give them a better clean than I did and polish them up to a shiny finish. Once again my lack of patience won out.
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