Fast forward to the book and finding the page about what he calls "Boondoggle" OMG, doesn't this take everyone back to childhood summer camp or vacation bible school? I was intrigued and decided to play!
Remember making cord/plastic lanyards or keychains? This is the same technique, only in metal. Charles doesn't go into detail in his book about the procedure, as it is out there in the realm, but I documented my steps. Sorry for some blurry photos :(
Copper sheet (I used 24g but you could go smaller)
Flat nosed pliers
2nd pair of any type of plier
hammer (any type)
rubber or rawhide mallet
small torch for annealing
- Cut copper strip to desired length and width; shape ends if desired
- File/sand edges until smooth to touch
- Anneal with torch
- Fold over ends
- Interlock as shown and pinch tight
- Start folding metal over onto itself
- Squeeze tightly after each fold
- Continue until there is no more left
- Once the cube gets to big for your flat nose pliers, switch to tapping with hammer
- Align the shape with hammer as necessary
- Anneal with torch and pull out tabs on the ends
- Using pliers, holding the tabs on the ends, pull apart. Twisting as you pull adds more dimension.
- Shape on mandrel
|Pickled and ready for use!|
Go have fun!