Fusing Copper with Hearts
As the cost of silver continues to be high and more and more of us are discovering the beauty and versatility of copper, fusing will prove to be an invaluable technique to learn for a variety of applications with copper.
This tutorial is more about “fusing” copper than about making hearts. However, I recommend that you use this heart form to learn the three ways to solderlessly fuse copper that I present in this tutorial. Once you understand the basics, your imagination will lead you to new ways to use fused copper.
Although this tutorial uses a heart to learn these techniques, I hope you will see the possibilities beyond hearts. Fusing opens a whole new world of artistic direction. I've been having a lot of fun trying new things. I wanted to share this, not only to release a tutorial, but to see what great ideas others come up with. I want everyone who is interested in fusing copper and who understands its potential to be successful learning it. This is not like fusing silver.
I will be demonstrating the three hearts in the first picture. Other pictures are a few examples of what can be done with fusing.
This tutorial assumes some experience with a torch and with finishing metal. However, a person who is comfortable and careful with fire can follow along. There are many good resources online to study before you begin using this tutorial. You should learn how to light your torch, adjust the gas and turn off the torch before you begin this. I judge this to be for the intermediate, well rounded jewelry artist.
This pdf is well photographed with over 70 clear, bright photos and video snapshots, 56 steps and 25 pages. The instruction is concise and thorough with do and don'ts; tips and suggestions. I think you will be very happy with your purchase and your new skill.
This tutorial makes hearts approximately 2”/5.1cm in height.
Please make sure to follow all safety instructions that come with your torch.
What this tutorial will NOT teach:
Number of steps: 56
File size: 3253.3 KB
Page count: 25
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