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Making of Copper Ice Scoop with Vine Handle
Ben Caldwell's work is easy to appreciate for it's beauty and craftsmanship. We think that the real marvel is the amount of hand work that goes into each piece. In this feature we focus on the copper ice scoop but keep in mind that each vine handle you see in our store goes through a similar process.
Taper the wire
The highest grade copper(more than 99%) is the starting point. As close to pure copper as you will find. Using the wheel pictured each wire is run through the machine to create a gradual taper from thick to thin along the length of the wire.
The tapering process created sharps edges that have to be carefully sanded off to a smooth finish
Sanding Close up
Annealing the copper
Copper, as a material, hardens as it is worked. When the wire moves the through the tapering wheel the molecules rearrange and the wire becomes stiff. To reset or realign the molecules the copper needs to be heated red hot.
Bending on the jig
Form after bending on the jig
Shaping and flattening the handle
Flattening and forming
Contouring the handle to match the curve of the scoop
Ready to attach to the scoop
Three brass rivets are used to attach the handle to the scoop
Drilling pilot holes for the rivets
Brass rivets are hammered flush to the scoop and handle
Hand adjusted for a secure fit
Detail view of brass rivets and scoop
Inspected for fit and finish
Ready for polish and final inspection
Thank you for viewing. More copper work by artist Ben Caldwell available on our online store
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