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TwistedRedhead
« on: April 14, 2008 04:25:25 PM »

I am such a loser as it has been about a million years since I have posted on Craftster....

Anyway, I have been taking a metalsmithing class and have been making all sorts of cool houseware type thingies.  Right now I only have photos of the copper bowl that I made.

This bowl started out as a flat disc which I then heated up with a torch to make the metal easier to work with, I then shaped it with a couple of different hammers and finally, I took two hours to planish the entire bowl to strengthen it and make the shape more permanent.  The base that I started with was waaaaay too big, so my husband helped me by cutting it down by half.  Once I finished shaping the base, it was strapped onto the bottom of the bowl with wire and soldered together with two torches.  I then spent a good amount of time shining it up and waxing it to keep it from tarnishing.

Formed bowl:


Base before it was cut down:


All finished!


Hope you like!
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2008 04:28:24 PM »

It's very beautiful! 
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2008 04:49:02 PM »

wow, what a gorgeous piece!
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2008 04:51:17 PM »

That is so incredibly gorgeous.  Do you put anything in it, or is it just purely for decoration?  (Because I think it works just by itself!  Smiley)
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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2008 12:56:45 AM »

Wow!  What a beautiful bowl!

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TwistedRedhead
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2008 03:33:27 PM »

That is so incredibly gorgeous.  Do you put anything in it, or is it just purely for decoration?  (Because I think it works just by itself!  Smiley)

We just use it for decoration.  We have some nice display shelves where we keep our lovely collection of pottery and glass and it fits in very nicely.
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2008 04:04:48 PM »

OOH, that is lovely!  How hard is metalworking . . . they offer metalsmithing classes in the art department, and I've been thinking about taking one as an elective . . . but using a welding torch is kinda a scary idea for me, I'm so clumsy . . . Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2008 08:44:21 PM »

OOH, that is lovely!  How hard is metalworking . . . they offer metalsmithing classes in the art department, and I've been thinking about taking one as an elective . . . but using a welding torch is kinda a scary idea for me, I'm so clumsy . . . Tongue

It's not hard, but it can be physically taxing.  There is a lot of hammering and use of tools.  I smashed my fingers with a hammer a lot more than I had a problem with the torch.  I think using the torch in metalsmithing is less scary than using the torch in lampworking or flameworking.  At least with the metal you are holding the torch and the object being torched.

I say go for it...
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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2008 02:36:04 AM »

thts beautiful !!!
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2008 11:08:18 PM »

That is BEAUTIFUL. Where did u find a metalsmithing class???
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