Kristy Schultz Floor Lamp November 06th, 2018 - 09:56:51
I had a scrap of copper sheet laying around so I thought it would be pretty cool to build it out of copper. The sheet is eight by five and forty thousand spit. This is going to be the shade of the land and I'm going to try to form it into a half round bowl sort of shape. I've got the sheet sitting up on a sandbag so that I hammer it will conform and should let me shape the copper, how I want to I'm just starting out really slowly working a little bit in the middle of this sheet. I didn't want to try to move too much metal too fast and cause a crack. After a few minutes of working.
This you can tell it starts to get stiffer, so it needs to be annealed, I'm just using a propane torch to heat it up. I was somewhat concerned the first time about overheating it, but after I did it a few times, I was more confident and could do it much quicker. You want to look for the copper to turn black right after it turns black. It will start to glow a real dull red, and that means it's fully annealed after that I'll just let it cool off on its own and then start working at some more with the hammer and sandbag.
I just repeated those steps of hammering it and then annealing it over and over until I was happy with the shape of the shade. It took quite a few cycles of hammering and annealing to get the round shape. I was looking for once it started getting pretty close. I started working from the opposite side. This is going to form the area where the light socket meets up with the shade, with the shape nearly complete. I trim the excess off of the edges to give it a nice even uniform.
Look then I just finished up with the hammer to even out on the last box, with the shade pretty much complete it's time to move on to some other parts. The plan is to use two pieces of half-inch copper pipe as the arm of the light. Since half-inch copper has a 5/8 diameter OD. I've got some 5/8 brass rod in the lathe and I'm turning down a shoulder on it. So it'll be a snug tap-in fit inside the half-inch, copper pipe. These brass pieces will turn into the pivots or hinges of the light.
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