Bashing Copper

I’ve been playing with copper lately for a variety of reasons.  It’s enjoyable to work, uses similar techniques to working iron, and people like it.  Additionally, I’m in the process of putting together a portable setup that will allow me to bang out bracelets and such at craft shows – sort of a mini-demo.  I’m using a cheap harbor freight 15lb anvil (DO NOT BUY ONE FOR BLACKSMITHING – it’s just too soft), inexpensive clamp-on vise, and I’m thinking about building a soup-can forge powered by a propane torch to anneal the metal.  The idea is to have a setup that will fit in a 6 gallon rubbermaid tote.

I’ll post more about it if/when it all comes together, in the meantime here’s a bracelet.

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