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Hammered Copper Fruitbowl

This is a fairly large bowl, (14"dia.) but I did not form it in the traditional manner.
I am perfectly happy to use automated equipment if I can still retain a good control of the forming process and still achieve a hand worked look.
In this case I started with a flat disc of 1/8th copper plate and PUSHED it down into a bowl shaped die with my 20 ton hydraulic press and used an AIR HAMMER to stress release the tension all around the inside surface as I pushed it deeper and deeper. I annealed the bowl several times using the torch and water quenching to soften the copper so I could hammer it deeper without it getting too work hardened and it cracking. I liked the colors left on the copper by the heat patina so simply left it...
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secondself's avatar
Beautiful. The patina from the heating adds so much to the depth, and the warmth of the copper just draws me in.

You've mentioned the press you use before. Is it a store bought piece of equipment or one you've made yourself? And am I wrong in assuming you make your own dies for each piece?
ou8nrtist2's avatar
Thank you for your kind compliments,
I do indeed make all my own dies and my press is a HAND OPERATED commercial frame press from HARBOR FREIGHT.
The-Tabla-Engine's avatar
Have you ever considered making cymbals for drums?
ou8nrtist2's avatar
I don't work much with brass.
nativeart's avatar
Beautiful bowl. I love the colors left by a torch on copper as well they are lovely aren't they.
ou8nrtist2's avatar
quite so...
Dragonsmithy's avatar
That's a beautiful piece of work. The material itself must be worth a fortune, though. It must be, what, 6-8 pounds of copper?
ou8nrtist2's avatar
It's 1/8th inch thick copper plate.
artistladysmith's avatar
very nice! i love copper, its a nice metal to work with
ou8nrtist2's avatar
and so soft too...
flat-cat63's avatar
How many people can say they own something like this? Not too many I'm sure, even though it seems such a regular object.

I know, that you know your work and metals. I'm wondering how long this piece could potentially last?
ou8nrtist2's avatar
Several lifetimes at least.
I made it for a wedding present,but I'm afraid the couple has split up...
Marcusstratus's avatar
oh yeahh. the textures and colours are fantastic! :D
ou8nrtist2's avatar
Both copper and bronze have such an incredible variety of colors possible in their patinas.
Marcusstratus's avatar
aye, quite. Ever worked with titanium? or other queer metals? it's got a large variety of patinas from what I know.
ou8nrtist2's avatar
I haven't worked with titanium,
but have had plans for some time to try and forge/blend it with stainless and some other metals to make a sort of Makume Gane for ornamental pieces that require a high degree of structural integrity.
Marcusstratus's avatar
huh... how do you think that would fare? on my first thought I don't think it'd bind to well to the steel or whatever else... unless a homogeneous allow was made.
ou8nrtist2's avatar
It may be that the third metal is the binder (like bronze).
I just need to read up on it and of course experiment...
I'll twist a whole bunch of wires together then forge/hammer them together and see what I get.
Marcusstratus's avatar
mmhmm... well, I'll definitely wait to see the results :D
Wyrdhaven's avatar
Beautiful! I think hammered copper is one of my favorite metal/treatment combinations.

Totally off topic question: Custom work- do you ever work without payment in advance? (Yes, I'm having a personal dilemma on the subject.)
ou8nrtist2's avatar
It is not recommended.
Wyrdhaven's avatar
I keep telling myself that, firmly. I'm holding out so far, but I think I just had a possible commission evaporate.
ou8nrtist2's avatar
I think not,
I think you saved yourself from getting burned...
Wyrdhaven's avatar
I hope so. Right now, the $70 would have actually helped....But I'm not sure I would have gotten paid, so I guess it's good that I'm spending my time on getting another recent commission finished instead of spending half my time on each. Luckily, the other recent commission is a really cool guy, and has been easy to work with. He didn't have a problem with paying in advance.
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