Copper House Numbers

Sometimes the contribution of the laser is less obvious :slightly_smiling_face: I’m constantly delighted at how well GF fits in with traditional techniques, it’s such a great addition to the toolbox.
(Sorry, we still can’t cut metal. But you can cheat some repoussé with the GF’s help!)

Finished and waxed, final touches will be a light buffing and perhaps an oak frame.


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The base is comprised of two layers of 1/8" Baltic birch ply cut in GF. Top layer is artwork, bottom layer is a solid rectangle with a misplaced score (user error) to align the top pieces. Rotary tool used to soften the forms of the animals.
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The ply gets wrapped in 5mil copper foil and hammered into shape with the help of assorted doming punches.
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Copper patina solution applied. After 24 hours this gets sanded with steel wool to bring back some contrast.

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This is spectacular! Really inspiring.

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^ Best way to describe what’s happening. Phenomenal work. I would have never guessed that this was done with the help of the GF. Once again I find myself being blown away by the creativity of others here.

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You nailed the craftsman look. It’s beautiful!

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Great write-up and a wonderful project!

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I love it!

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Amazing! WOW! That’s something new in the Forum! Well done!

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Amazing! Nice to see the diversity and possibilities you can achieve with GF. Thanks for another awesome idea GF family

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Very nice work.

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The result is great! The process is something that will spur creativity bursts in this group. Thank you.

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Looks amazing … Very artistic!

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No idea you could do that! Looks awesome. And I see you have the same rotary tool I just bought. useful thing!!!

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Just lovely! Another inspiration, the creativity here blows me away.

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What a cool technique! And the end result is fantastic - I love it!

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This technique might be possible to adapt with aluminum foil to make a silvery version… aluminum may tear too easily. hmm.

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Thanks for sharing your technique. Very cool, and the sign looks amazing.

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Actually not all aluminum foil is created equal. Extra Heavy duty is much thicker than your typical “foil sheet”.

you might consider going to a food supply/restaurant place or some such to get heavier foil.

I personally would think about getting a couple of foil cookie sheets and use that.

Chris

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I’d look at aluminum flashing too - pretty malleable stuff.

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I learn new things in the forum all the time. Beautiful piece. I would never have guessed the technique. And now, off to research this process.

Thank you so much for sharing this project!

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oh yea. I haven’t ever used that. it would be at least cut to width :slight_smile:

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