Coleus Mama for Alice in Sweden ~ Day 3By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures) on May 25, 2010
|Day 3 ~ We created the Square Stem for the Coleus Mama, Cut and Shaped our Leaves, Created her Hands and some Cutting Shears, and Started Assembling the Dress. Over 500 photos and videos were taken on Day 3. She's coming along quite nicely.|
This is our neice, Cammie.
She helped us out by taking videos and photos. It's taken me some time to edit all of the photos and organize them to present here.
We've collected a few more orbs that we could possibly use for a head. Knowing how Alice loves Blue Coleus, we'll give her the choice of which one she wants for the head. Personally, we prefer the one on the left below.
Connie and I begin Day 3 by digging in our scrap box for small pieces of copper we can use for leaves. We save even the smallest pieces of copper, never knowing when they might come in handy.
Each of us gets out something to cut the copper into leaf shapes. At this point they don't have to be perfect leaves. The nibbler will be used to shape them up like coleus.
This was one of those times when our scraps get put to really good use. We cut out about 80 leaf shapes.
Click Here to see the first Video we did of the cutting of the leaves. For some reason I couldn't embed it here in this article.
First the copper must be heated. This copper pipe is very rigid. Heating it up makes it more maleable. Once it's been heated thoroughly, it is quenched (cooled down with water) so it can be handled.
It might not be perfectly square, but it's dern close!
Connie hammers on the neck piece to make it fit into the rectangle.
We check the fit and it's perfect!
This is my daughter Hillary and granddaughter, Jolie Faye.
When Hillary showed up with her DSLR camera, Cammie and Jolie played in the pool while Hillary took some of the photos and videos. Both girls helped out tremendously. Many of the next photos are taken from Hilllary's perspective. We had to tell her "the rules" of photographing us and videoing us. Afterall, our Mom will be watching this too! HAHAHA
We begin shaping the leaves with the nibbler. It's time consuming, but they look pretty good.
We've done quite a few and it's time to take a break. We all stop to eat some lunch.
Shavings inside the big trash can from cutting out the leaves with the pneumatic nibbler.
I cannot believe we didn't save these. Welded together they might have been the hair on the next sculpture.
Just this moment thought of that, so we'll have to remember the next time to save the "nibblings". HAHAHAHA
Connie uses a brick breaker to give the leaves some veins. This worked perfectly!
She hammered a bit and then asked if I wanted to do some.
Here are some of the leaves. Amazing what a little ingenuity can do for a piece of copper.
We switch and I begin using the brick breaker.
On to her hands.
|Coleus Mama, Copper Sculpture, Custom Copper, Garden Art, How To Make Copper Sculpture, Welding|
|I love unique and unusual things. Connie and I create Copper Sculptures from new and recycled materials. I love thrift shopping and love a good bargain.|
I'm married to a great guy, with 2 beautiful daughters and 4 incredible grandchildren and we live in Southeast Texas.
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