Autumn-Inspired Copper Leaf Wreath
A TOH reader shows us how to make the festive fall decoration
Don't ever say that jewelry designer Kristin McCormick of Bloomington, Indiana, doesn't rise to a challenge. During a routine crafts competition with her female relatives, she came up with a wreath design inspired by the breathtaking fall foliage near her southern Indiana home. She made her maple leaves from leftover copper sheeting she had on hand, but you can replicate the look from the materials below for about $50. Here's how she did it.
Draw leaf forms onto thin, pliable copper sheeting or flashing, and cut them out with scissors. To give them some color variation, burnish the copper by quickly running a propane torch over the metal. Let cool. For deeper color, keep repeating. Bend the individual leaves gently to give them some dimension.
To make a base for the wreath, thread wire through copper refrigeration coil to form a circle, leaving enough wire to make a loop to hang the wreath (you could also use a wire wreath form). With a hammer, pound the base of the copper wreath flat.
Using a hot-glue gun, affix the leaf forms to the wreath base, layering them so that the base is completely covered.