Some pictures of the steps in making this beautiful vintage look hammered reclaimed copper bowl from a piece of 1mm thick sheet copper. This is a little different to my usual unplanned pieces which just evolve as I hammer…
I took measurements, I followed instructions from a tutorial (OK some instructions) and actually worked to a plan. And then deviated from the plan a bit. It was a fun project and that is the most important thing for me. If I don’t enjoy doing it then what’s the point?
Making a Reclaimed Copper Bowl
It always starts with sheet copper cut to size
About half way though
When I feel the bowl has reached the correct depth I made a flat base for it. Using a compass and a Sharpie I found the centre of the bowl and made a circle. This was then hammered flat gently to form the base. Apologies for no pictures of this as I forgot to take photos!
The hammer in this picture is an old one I found in a salvage yard near Grantham. It does not have a clean, smooth, shiny surface. I am sure I can get that if I give it a good clean, but I like it just the way its and gives the design its own unique character. I will get a brand new one some day but this works just fine for my rustic pieces.
First bowl with this detail. I have not completely ignored that tutorial I mentioned above you know!
We are on the final stretch now!
This bowl is almost ready. YAY!
Shiny clean copper is great but I wanted it to look like a vintage bowl so I put it in a liver of sulphur solution to give it an antique patina. Most of this black stuff will be taken off.
It has been a fun project and I am sure I will be making more. I will make some smaller ones to enamel too.
I have listed this reclaimed copper bowl in my online shop (it may have sold by the time you read this post which would be awesome of course!) https://shaliniaustin.com/shop/hammered-reclaimed-copper-bowl/