olydemon

First time forging copper.

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Having seen many posts on Instagram of copper forging, I decided to order a bar of copper from Amazon. I ended up with 60" of 1/2" square for only $26 shipped. Tonight I forged it since the weather wasn't too hot out... I started by cutting off 7 1/2" of the bar. The object I made is the Ouroboros, or the snake eating its own tail. It ended up 17 1/2" long after drawing out. I worked it hot when doing the taper. The textures on the 4 sides I just did with a chisel when it was going from dull red to black hot. It was really fun and I cant wait to use up the rest of the bar.

 

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Copper work hardens, so if you need the piece to be stiffer make sure you leave some hammer time at the end to work harden it because once it is annealed that is the only way to get it harder.

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That pattern would make a nice bracelet in silver.

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I like it. Made from whatever is at hand will work, too- silver, steel,  brass, whatever ya got, is a great excuse for hangin' out at the anvil :)

Dave

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Thanks all! Eventually it would be fun to try something in silver. I do have a brass hex bar, but at 1" diameter I'm not sure I'm ready for that....

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Especially as most brasses are not hot forgeable they crumble when hit hot.  A few are and as we are often at the mercy of the scrap stream getting a good alloy can be rare indeed!

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