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Hammered Copper Work.

Coppersmith writes: "I shall be glad of instructions for beating up from a Hat sheet a lamp-shaped vase about 5 inches high. My troubles are, I fear, the usual ones with a beginner - the metal becoming very thin through repeated annealing and hammering, the 'crinkling' of the edges, and the stake-forcing up the metal instead of the hammer driving the metal over the stake. From whom can I obtain suitable copper ?"

Answer

The copper should be 18 W.G. to commence with, and lines in circle-- 3/8 in. apart scratched on it with the compass point. Strike exactly on these lines, taking care not to repeat the blow on the same place. Anneal frequently, taking out the "crinkling" with a mallet. Continue this until the metal assumes the form of a cone of the desired size; then use the snarling iron for the bulged part, by the same method. This is the most difficult way of making vases. They are usually spun on a lathe or cast. The metal may be obtained at Gawthorpe's, 16, Long Acre, London.