How to do Copper leafSmithing!
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Starts out as a flat sheet of copper.
stages of a copper leaf.
1] basic shape cut and anneal
2]primary leaf veins defined
3]leaf veins defined with hammer and repousse work using formers
4]repousse work with wooden hammers to get the contours
5]round off edges
6]form leaf stalk
7] finish of with beeswax
.To ensure safety in use and handling important Care and attention is paid to file round cut surfaces and bend over edges . The process of heating and shape forming with a variety of hammers and forming tools with copper give the leaves a characteristic multicoloured Surface which is initially sealed with Beeswax. Over time the surface and colours can be allowed to change with weathering or you can put on another application of beeswax .
The sycamore leaf is interesting with its 3 sections.and crinkles.
When one leaf section turns and curls it takes on an interesting 3D form. good for placing in spots where it can be seen from different angles
A leaf like that shown is £300 [ 1m x1m]
The long Single ChestNut leaf is characterised by deep regular spaced veins and pocketing ,.It will often come in a flattish Form like the 2m x1 m leaf, but in nature it can take on a from to spiral in on itself and form a tube.