Making a Brass Pillow

by shelbyvision on November 24, 2008

I first developed my method for making brass pillows about a year ago. The idea was to use them as a base option for the cat and dog urns I make for My first attempts were with compressed air, which turned out to not have quite enough force to push the metal out beyond the form that creates the depression where the cat or dog would lie. I had heard of hydroforming before. and had read a little about it, and I already had a “porta-power” hand-operated hydraulic pump. With a little adaptation, it did the job. The only drawback is that it uses oil, which is very messy. I just recently realized that water could be used instead of oil, using a pressure washer. The pictures below show my first attempt at using water. It was a total success.

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Jeff Demand November 25, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Very nice, just what I need. Another brute force technique to try.
Sort of little guy always looking for a bigger hammer.


kaytaylor November 24, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Amazing work, Steve. I’m a fan!

Kay Taylor

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