Pipe Art

Pipe Art

Details

Level: Intermediate        Sessions: 1        Hours: 3 hours

Project Overview

Add a new dimension to copper without breaking your budget! From copper piping, wire and enamel we will create a vibrant bracelet. In this class we will touch on torch fired enamel, sawing and shaping techniques. Students will complete project.


Tools

  • Bezel Shears – Used to cut metal sheet. There are many available on the market, any of which will work, however they should NOT be serrated. (Tin snips or airplane shears will also work, however, they may be large and cumbersome.) If the project has curves in the design and you own a pair, bring curved bezel shears. This is an optional item for most classes. Shears will be provided for use during classes.  

  • Bracelet Mandrel, Steel, Oval – For shaping and form metal into a bracelet shape. 2 will be provided to share for all classes. So if you have one, bring it. 

  • Center punch – Used to create a dimple in metal to start a hole for drilling. Also used for riveting. Provided by instructor for all classes

  • Chasing hammer – Used for chasing/moving metal. In my classes chasing hammers are used to create hammer marks on metal and riveting. Instructor will provide for every class needed. 

  • Optional Enamel Kit

    Items in this Enamel Kit including enamels will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. 

    Enamel kit includes: trivet, sifter, penny brite, alundum stone, choice of one color kit, and holding agent. 

  • Tool Hand Tools

    Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

    • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
    • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
    • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. 
  • Jeweler’s Saw – Used for cutting sheet metal and metal tubes. Instructor will provide for every class needed. 

  • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

    Magnifier or Optivisor – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x. 

     

  • Tool Ott Light

    Ott Light or Task Lamp - This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision. 

  • Tool Paint Brush

    #2 Paint Brush – Any small paint brush will work for these projects. A #2 brush was designated just to demonstrate that it needs to be small. Don’t bring a house painting brush! Just saying. This brush does not need to be expensive, a cheap disposable one will work.

     

                  IF a #2 flat brush is designated, again just looking for a smaller sized brush. 

  • Rawhide/Leather Mallet – Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubber one may not.

  • Side Cutters - Also known as wire cutters or snippers.

    For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best?

    The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).

     

  • Student Files – Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed. 

  • Swivel Vise – The advantage of this vise is the 360 degree swivel allowing you to brace a piece and move it in every direction. Classes requiring a vice can be any vice that may be clamped to table. Suction vices will also suffice. 

  • Tube Cutting Pliers – A great gadget to aid in cutting tubes. These pliers create even leverage on the tube for sawing. Provided for all classes with tubes.