I talked about the basics of working with copper pipe in the 3D Star post so I won’t repeat that information here. I also talked about how I use epoxy instead of solder and different methods for finishing and hanging your piece. In this post I present my design for what I call “The Flying Wedges”.
This project uses 1/2 inch pipe and fittings. The drawing of the design with all measurements (in inches) is shown above. The bottom part shown is just one possible design. I had also considered using one of the aluminum hoops that I used with the 3D Star project. Use your imagination to make it uniquely your own.
There are two pieces here but they can both be put together the same day. I spread some wax paper on the bench top to lay it on while the epoxy sets. I also drilled holes in the bottom elbow of the top piece and the top elbow of the bottom piece so that I could glue in eyehooks for connecting the two pieces together. You can connect them using chain (like I did) or with string, or with a piece of heavy gauge copper wire with loops bent on each end. Where there are two fittings that come together you will need to cut one inch pieces of pipe to join them.
Here’s my finished version. You can see that the pipe parts are dark and mottled. That’s because I used some really old pipe I had. I used a nylon scouring pad to clean some of the oxidation off of the old pipe but not all of it because I wanted the “antiqued” look. I think it’s a nice contrast to the bright, new fittings. That’s it for this post. Check out my other projects.