Copper Fireplace Surround

This project idea was submitted by Jani, Long Beach, New York

"Working with metal was a completely new endeavor for me. With a few basic materials, an idea on paper, and GREAT advice from Cathy at Basic Copper I was on my way to creating a fireplace surround that came out better than I imagined. Below are the materials and simple directions:"

Materials

Stencils- flowers and butterflies

Black ultra thin sharpie marker

Two sheets of 16 gauge copper

One sheet of Brass (I believe 24 gauge)

A spool of 10 gauge aluminum wire

A wire cutter

A pair of metal shears

A ball peen hammer

Gorilla Glue Epoxy (I did NOT solder)

Thin 20 gauge black jewelry wire

Yellow seed beads (small)

Green Seed beads (large)

Wood and Dark Brown Paint for the background

Project Steps:

Trace the flowers onto the copper with the marker- the ones along the top were 1 piece, the ones along the sides were 3 triangles layered going down

Trace the leaves onto the brass

Cut out all the shapes

Use the ball peen hammer to hammer texture into the copper

Bend the copper leaves in half lengthwise using the edge of a table

Cut the aluminum wire to size- it is easily shaped by hand- and shape into curly vines

Assemble the stem and petals with epoxy

Lay the flowers out on the wood till you achieve the desired design and epoxy them to the wood

Epoxy the leaves to the wood- not the wire stems

Wire yellow seed beads on 20 gauge wire to desired length and then coil to make centers of top flowers and glue down the epoxy

Cut the thin wire and fold into a V shape. Stick a bead of your choice on the tops and glue them behind the vertical flowers on the sides.

Twist the thin wire around the thick wire about 15 times to make a tight coil then slide the thick wire out...stretch the wire out and string the larger green seed beads on the bottom curves and epoxy to the veins down the center of the brass leaves.

For the corners I made butterfly wings out of copper using the same process as above and bodies out of beads. If you need further instructions feel free to contact me at

JButterfly@optonline.net

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