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    Default Project 3 from Youngnstudly. Catergory: Decorative Metal Art

    I've been fighting a nasty cold for over a week now, so this year's Valentine's Day gift came a little late. My "sweetie" (actually my stepmother ) was more than understanding. Every holiday and special occasion over the last 6 years has led me to create my own gifts for family and friends, including a recipe for Copper and Stainless roses.

    To "spice" things up, I usually use different heat treatments and combos of dissimilar metals throughout, though I didn't have access to an Oxy/Acetylene torch with it's smaller tip. A big tipped propane torch from the store was used (the coloring effects aren't nearly as good using a bigger torch tip!). This year's gift is (another) stainless vase with 1 copper rose, 1 stainless rose, and 1 rose consisting of copper and stainless both (which is the rose I welded to the stem).

    The vase is 20 gauge perforated 304 stainless which have hemmed over 24ga. stainless strips on the top and bottom edges (done before the material was rolled in the slip rolls). I rolled the flat material into a cylinder that is approx. 6" tall and 4" in diameter, and welded a stainless 20ga end cap on the bottom.

    The roses use misc. scrap tubing for the stems and a simple generic pattern which I shrink the size on for the inner leaves of the rose, and expand the size of the leaves for the outer portions. Between 2 and 4 layers of leaves can be used, and I used 3 and 4 layers on mine this time in 20 oz. copper sheet and 22 gauge stainless. A pop rivet holds the leaves together and allows you to use a snug fit between the rivet's backside and the inner diameter of the tubing.

    As seen in one pic, I had to use a sleeve on the heat treated rose to connect the stem and flower portion. The bottom of the stems are crushed flat and turned with pliers so that I can situate the flat (tab) portion on the vase's bottom as I wish to. Lastly I drill each of the flat portions of the stems and the vase's bottom for 5/32" pop rivets.

    The copper rose was soldered since I didn't have copper rod to TIG with, and I soldered the "all stainless" rose to save on time. The leaves on the stems are pop riveted in place as well.

    The most difficult part was welding the stainless parts as they didn't really want to stay put, and I couldn't use a magnet to hold things together. The vases upright seam gave me fits while tack welding since I forgot to wipe the perforated metal down. The 10' metal shear at my old job leaks like crazy on the backside (where the drop is captured), so the perforated metal had a little motor oil between the perforations.

    My stepmother has every variation of metal roses I could think of making, plus copper bird houses and other "useless junk", so now I need to come up with a different project! I don't even like roses!
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    A few more pics added since my computer has almost crashed twice tonight! I wasn't really happy with how this "batch" of roses grew, but I made it all work nonetheless. They will collect dust on her TV stand anyways...I don't think she's watered the ones from past years even once since I gave them to her!
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    Andy
    New Everlast PowerTig 250EX that is begging for me to come up with a few welding projects so it can stretch it's legs. Did someone say aluminum???

    MISC. TOOLS:
    Atlas 618 lathe
    Milwaukee Porta Band with custom made stand
    Dewalt 4-1/2" angle grinder
    Dewalt 14" chop saw

    Strong Hand Nomad portable table
    Juki sewing machine I've had for years (yes I know sewing is for girls)

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    Very cool. And nice touch with the Everlast forum in the background

    There was someone on here awhile ago that used the wire from a length of romex as a filler rod to TIG copper, which I intend to try when I get the chance.

    Around here, metal cactus are fairly popular for yard art - bigger than the roses, but perhaps less intricate (especially the prickly-pear variety). An idea for next V-day?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MuttonHawg View Post
    Very cool. And nice touch with the Everlast forum in the background

    There was someone on here awhile ago that used the wire from a length of romex as a filler rod to TIG copper, which I intend to try when I get the chance.

    Around here, metal cactus are fairly popular for yard art - bigger than the roses, but perhaps less intricate (especially the prickly-pear variety). An idea for next V-day?
    I had a little bit of romex laying around but the diameter was huge compared to the thin copper sheet and tubing I used, so I scrapped that idea. I put 20oz in the first description, but the copper I used might actually be 16oz (upon second thought....with a good nights' rest behind me).

    I like the cactus idea a lot, especially since the roses never get watered at her house! I've seen some pretty cool ideas from others on making roses, one design that stuck in my mind used 2 or 3 pcs. of copper wire that were twisted together as the stem, and the (artist) drilled the stem in a million places to add authentic looking thorns!

    I was trying to think of a way to make a fruit or vegetable plant the other day using copper and stainless. I have a whole year to think up my next idea.
    Andy
    New Everlast PowerTig 250EX that is begging for me to come up with a few welding projects so it can stretch it's legs. Did someone say aluminum???

    MISC. TOOLS:
    Atlas 618 lathe
    Milwaukee Porta Band with custom made stand
    Dewalt 4-1/2" angle grinder
    Dewalt 14" chop saw

    Strong Hand Nomad portable table
    Juki sewing machine I've had for years (yes I know sewing is for girls)

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