The Wanton Wonton Cup

by laurie jane kern on February 3, 2010

On Saturday night I felt that I had to get back into the garage and raise some more copper. I could not do this in my office/studio as I still had some stuff on the floor. But since the forecast for Sunday was going to be warm, I could open the garage door and enjoy the weather too.

Sunday morning I pulled out a sheet of 18 gauge copper and on one edge there was a odd rectangle sticking out as a result of cutting off some copper from each other end. The piece was about 3″ wide by 4″ long and maybe two of the corners were close to 90 degrees and one end was a tad wider than the other. I was about to saw out a circle and decided not to. I was going to work with it odd square that it was.

From my studio I grabbed my newest T-stake, the thinner raising hammer, the planishing hammer and the copper and into the garage I went.

Anneal, clean,  hammer, Round one done
Anneal, clean,  hammer, round two done
Anneal, clean,  hammer, round three done
Start planishing – wait, I think I want to do a wee bit more raising
Anneal, clean,  hammer, round 4 done
NOW start the planishing.

Ohhhh! I like the hammer marks. Stop –  don’t use the planishing hammer just use the raising hammer gently. Hmm what to do on the inside?? Take the raising hammer and make some marks there too.

Now I am done!!

I filed the edges and did some polishing and on Monday night I saw Deb. She was very surprised and then stated that working with smaller vessels is hard. Hard? Difficult?  I didn’t think so. So we had a good laugh that boiled down to  – IF you don’t tell me these things how would I know; and then how would I know it should be hard.

I guess next time I should make sure I have a difficult time ;=) and of course over at kernology there are more pictures.

Wanton Wonton Cup

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Jane Walker February 5, 2010 at 11:26 pm

how true the comment that if you don’t KNOW something is supposed to be hard to do … you find a way to do it and it isn’t so hard after all!
Nice wee bowl!

arianargent February 5, 2010 at 4:24 am

@LJK: No. I’d seen similar shapes in woodturners’ galleries, so I went
looking with Google Image Search.

Jerry Fowler February 4, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I like reading your excursions into metalsmithing, your right up there with Shelbyvision. Nice bowl.

Laurie Jane Kern February 4, 2010 at 1:40 pm

What a pretty wood bowl – did you make it?

Cliff – Thanks and where can we see pictures of your work???

arianargent February 4, 2010 at 8:41 am

Woodturners make shapes like that 🙂

Cliff Manthey February 4, 2010 at 4:16 am

Thank you so much for showing your Wonton Cup and your link to
I will be reading more of your blogs your in my favorites.

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