Project Credit: Bernzomatic Torchbearer Kathy Cano-Murillo
Mark where you want to cut, and cut.
Line up the edges. Here’s the deal about the copper tape. The wreath is already made of copper, but because my ends didn’t line up evenly, I used the tape to connect the two ends, so it would be nice and even.
Coat the area with flux.
Wearing your goggles and gloves, follow the package directions of the torch and light it up! Go over the solder to heat it up so it melts and then allow it flow across the copper where you have the flux. Move the torch in small even motions, don’t let it sit in one spot too long.
While it’s cooling, unpack your lights and add the batteries.
Tape the battery pack around the soldered area, and wrap the lights around the wreath. I used a strand of 90 mini-lights.
Turn it on to make sure you like how it all looks! Now it’s time to hide the battery pack!
Add a string to the top of the wreath so you can hang it.
I used paper flowers, but you can use a sprig, or any kind of leafy decor, even glittered leafy decor!
It looks so pretty in our kitchen, it lights up the room!
*You can find a package at the hardware store. It comes in different widths. What awesome about this is that it is already shaped in a perfect circle! And you can cut all the way through the entire coil if you want to make multiple wreaths in graduated sizes.
**If you don’t have one of these, a hacksaw is fine too. Copper is pretty soft and easy to cut.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: Work in a well-ventilated area. Use a solder brick or kiln shelf, I’ve also seen people use a chunk of a wood bed post. Wear goggles and gloves whenever you use a torch, and read all of the directions.
I filled the torch with Butane. To do that, read the manufacturer’s directions which involves turning the torch upside down. Press the nozzle into the little hole at the bottom and fill until it spurts, that means it’s full.
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