The following is an upcycling tale of one of Karen's rescues. She found this piece of Victorian table and could not allow it to go to the landfill. Knowing my love of repurposing/upcycling, Karen showed it to me and asked if there was anything I could do with it. While I didn't have an exact plan the moment she showed it to me, I knew that I could do something more noble with it than throwing it out.
The first step in repurposing/upcycling (at least for me) is to look at the object to be upcycled and let the ideas come. Sometimes the ideas come to me immediately. Sometimes the solution and/or new purpose can take a few months. In this case, the idea only took a few weeks. Last week I was potting some succulents and a thought occurred to me: Wouldn't it be nice if I had a small table by the kitchen window to put these plants on?
|Side of antique table piece|
|Top of antique table piece|
See? It fits like a glove...well, a glove I will eventually epoxy on. Now it was time to shape the copper. I wanted to flatten part of the copper tubing, so that required me cutting the tubing and hammering it flat.
I made my measurements of where I want to cut. Since I only want to flatten part of the tube, I made myself a line denoting where I need to stop cutting. I used a Sharpie for this, as it makes a nice line, but can be rubbed off (It's not permanent on metal. My jewelry is drawn out on silver sheet using a Sharpie as well).
I also drew on a guide line to cut on. This will help me keep my cut as straight as possible.
I used my jewelers saw to start the cut. I would like to point out I was taking my own action shots here and I don't actually saw like this. Sawing like this would be an excellent way to lose a finger. Always think about safety when working with tools. No trips to the ER are needed.
I used an earring mandrel to help me widen the cut. This helped me with the next step.
After I got the cut started and widened, I used my metal shears to continue the cut.
Then, using my bench block (a flat metal piece I use to hammer against) and my rawhide mallet, I flattened the copper tube. Unless you want to texture the copper (for the hammered look), you will want to use a rawhide mallet for this job. The rawhide mallet flattens the metal without marring it.
This is where I will leave you for today, Dear Reader. I just wanted to give you a peek at my project. Besides, I have three other legs to cut and hammer...
Until Tomorrow - Melissa