Copper Drums...


These beads are hand fabricated from copper pipe and scraps of roofing copper.  When possible, I used recycled materials to make them.  I cut sections of pipe in varying sizes, then hand draw patterns on them with a marker which acts as a resist.  I then etch the surface of the beads using ferric chloride.  Once the etching is complete, I solder on the ends of the beads.  The color on the beads comes from the heat of my torch.  After I have soldered both ends, I simply tumble the beads for a few minutes to remove loose fire scale and traces of flux.  Finally, I spray the beads with lacquer to preserve the finish.


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Copper Round
Enameled Drums
Finished Jewelry