Hammered metal is a versatile material that can add beauty to your home decorations. You can transform a plain looking table for instance, by adding hammered metal on its legs or base support. This material can also be made as holders for vases, candles, magazines and other knick-knacks around the house. Hammered metal complements just about any object in your home as long as you know how to blend them together. To make hammered metal projects, here are suggested methods:
- For a flower pot or planter made of hammered metal, you will need these materials: drill, screw driver, roll of copper, wood screws, wood panels (treated, 12x12 inches, half inch thick), nails (half inch), metal scissors, hammer (for embossing), decorative strips, sponge and stain.
- Make the hammered metal flowerpot by putting up the base first. Assemble the wood materials to form a one-foot square bottom. If you intend to use your planter outdoors, make sure the wood is treated so it can stand environmental elements such as rain, wind and sun. Nail the wood pieces together using ½ inch nails and a strong hammer. After you have put the base together, attach four more 12x12 wooden panels at the bottom to serve as legs. You can do this by drilling holes on the sides of the legs six inches from both ends. Position each leg on one corner of the base and secure them with wood screws. The planter now has legs attached to the base with each leg having six inches under and six inches above.
- Next, cut a piece of copper sheet using the metal scissors, following the exact size of the planter base. Lay the copper sheet on the wooden base. Fasten the copper sheet to the base with half-inch nails. Cut another sheet of copper and wrap it around the legs above the base. Secure with nails, hammered one inch apart.
- With the use of an embossing hammer, beat the copper to create grooves. These grooves will help enhance the appearance of the copper by giving it a weathered yet arty look. Do this procedure again until the desired result is achieved. When beating the copper, put it down on a hard surface for support. Hammer all sides to create a constant design.
- Dab the sponge on the stain and apply it all over the hammered copper. The stain will bring out the natural color of the metal.
- Lastly, add the final trimmings by fastening the decorative metal strips. To do this, you may set two or three strips on the sides of the planter and attach with screws. You may add more design to the decorative metal strips by tying hammered copper leaves on the strips with thin wires.
A planter is just one of the many things you can do with hammered metal. You can gather more ideas about hammered metal projects by browsing over handicraft magazines or simply examining hammered metal articles in craft stores and home décor outlets.