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Small Heart Paperweight


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I recently made this copper heart desk paperweight for a friend who wanted to give a gift to her aunt as a birthday present.

After flame-coloring the copper, and while everything was still good and hot, I applied a beeswax / linseed coating. The base of the heart and the mount were drilled and tapped and a screwed together (the hole in bottom of the base was counter-sunk so the screw head would be recessed).

The base is made from 2.5 x 2.5 x .5 hot rolled steel and the heart is 3/8" copper bar. Each half of the heart was made separately and then brazed together with brass. I spot-brazed brass onto other areas of the heart to make the seams look more natural.

I textured the base using a cross-peen hammer in a 'burst' pattern radiating from the center and then straight up and down on the sides.

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