Simple Hammer-formed Brass Candle Holder

by shelbyvision on June 29, 2009

This is the third one of these I’ve made, but it’s been a few years since the last one, and my tools and expertise have improved a lot, so the results are quite a bit better. I love the shape that it starts with; the economy of material is amazing. I don’t know how I came up with it. This would be a good one to make in silver. These first few pictures show the beginning stages: bending into the general shape, closing up  and soldering the neck.
Then we have the shaping of the bottom and top to close up the seams, which are then soldered.
Next, there’s a lot more hammering, first shaping the cone of the base, then flaring it out at the bottom. Then the candle receptacle is shaped, and then flared out at the top.
Voila! the finished product, front view, bottom view, top view.

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Marianne DeMartini July 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I found this by chance through the American Craft Forum. The candle holder is beautiful, and what an ingenious way of cutting it which adds so much more to the design! Thanks for posting these pictures.

Jane Walker June 30, 2009 at 11:11 pm

I always look at whatever you post, Steve. Never quite having got control of hammerforming, your work fascinates me and I always enjoy it. This is a gorgeous candlestick in any metal.

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