Heart on a Stem

by shelbyvision on February 15, 2009

I had been thinking about doing this for Valentine’s Day for quite a while, and didn’t have time, but then I ended up doing it ON valentine’s Day, and gave it to my wife in the evening. It actually only took about two hours to make, but I had been planning in my head how to do it for weeks, so I was able to do the actual work pretty efficiently. The stem and border are 1/8″ copper tubing from the hardware store, and the two faces of the heart are 20-gauge brass sheet. The stem was used to inflate it with compressed air to make it three-dimensional. The heart is only about 3″ across. If I made it larger, it would inflate more and be more three-dimensional. I would like to make several of them to make a bouquet, and maybe make some leaves to go with it, hopefully before next Valentine’s Day. 🙂

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shelbyvision February 17, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Thanks. I make pillows, too. See my previous blog entry, http://shelbyvision.userblogs.ganoksin.coms/2008/11/24/making-a-brass-pillow/.
The air pressure for inflating the heart was about 100 psi. I’m trying a slightly larger heart to see if it will inflate more, and if that isn’t satisfactory, I’m going to try thinner brass.
My pillows are 16 gauge, which is pretty thick, but I use hydraulic pressure at 2000 psi for them.

jason February 17, 2009 at 7:30 pm

That’s beautiful work. I made a pillow form heart for my lady once and it took WAY longer than 2 hours.

How much pressure did you use to inflate it?


shelbyvision February 17, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Thanks, yes that’s the same copper tubing forming the border of the heart.

mrs beadsley February 17, 2009 at 1:58 pm

oh how awesome is that!!! I love it and what a clever design! Does the copper tubing alsooutline the heart?

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