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A Copper Rose

 
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Hi All;  Liz has been branching out from rocks into copper for quite a while now.
She has been thinking of making these copper roses.
This is her first successful attempt.
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etched copper Christmas ornament
 
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That is really incredible Thomas. Thank you for sharing!
 
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Those are lovely!! I bet they'd sell well!! Tell Liz I said "OOOOOOH!!!"  :D
 
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Very nice Liz!
 
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Wow, those are beautiful! In copper, no less - one of my favorite metals!
 
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Copper!  Roses!! <3 <3 <3  Those are so lovely.  That is the type of creating I aspired to in a jewelry class a couple years back.  The professor left and...  whole class was sad.  So here is my one and only :.)

Just remembered most people I've shown it to ask what it is.  It's a version of a heart in hands, or claddagh.  I didn't like the crown so often used, and changed that to an infinity symbol.
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How long did it take to make the copper roses?  And how much copper?
 
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Very nice!  If you have a heat source, you can heat the copper up and quench it in ice water to turn it red...
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Hi Catherine;  
This was a prototype so when I asked how long it took, she laughed and said 3 days... I'm guessing a day or less once she gets what she wants.
As far as copper she said about a 6" x 6" square of 26 gauge . The "stem" currently, is actually copper covered welding rod.
The new stems will be #4 copper wire, hammered  with copper leaves soldered on.

She will be selling finished roses  at our booth at the Missoula peoples Market this summer
Her hope is to produce a kit, with all the parts and the specialty work done, that she will sell on line.
 

 
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If ever I wanted something I don't need, it's one of those copper roses <3  Guess I'll be seeing Liz at the Missoula People's Market ^.^
 
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Thomas, please tell Liz, for me, these are simply gorgeous! Do you have any idea how much she wants for them?
 
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And here is the second prototype.
She's getting better!
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Prototype#3)    Added some leaves, we like them. Then she attempted using the silver wire...   She is thinking that will change to a thin copper wire.
She experimented with writing on the leaves . For weddings , anniversary's, memorials.   Its not right yet but it will be.
Prototype #4 is not far off.
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One thing I've done before is to take those tiny felt cabinet door bumpers and stick one down inside the rose where you can't see it (before folding the petals together).  Then when you're done, put one drop of rose oil in there.  The felt will soak it up and it will smell like a rose for quite a while.

It's a bit of a trick for people who say "That's beautiful but it just doesn't smell the same."  And they sniff it to make their point.  And then you have em.  Muhaaahaaaaaa
 
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Hi All;
Prototype #4 came out of the studio yesterday !  I like it!
Its starting to please her as well ...
She switched to etching words on the leaves, looks much better.
Changed from silver to copper wire.

She has a very expensive little bottle of rose oil on the way (Thank You Mike!)  
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