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Lighted Copper Wreath tutorial by Crafty Chica.

I’ve wanted to make a copper wreath for the holidays and I ended with a what I call “Mexi-Minimal.” That means, one strand of rainbow fairy lights! And Mexican tissue flowers! Now we’re talking!

Because soldering would be involved, I knew it would be perfect for my monthly Bernzomatic torch bearer project. I love this DIY because like the design, the assembly is minimal as well. I usd battery-operated lights – you can go with white lights if you don’t want the multi-colored. And in place of the tissue flowers, you can use a sprig of pine, or a glittery holiday accent piece from the craft or department store. My entire array of Christmas decor has a Mexi-boho vibe, so this wreath fits right in!

 

SUPPLIES:

Copper coil: 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.

Copper cutter. If you don’t have one of these, a hacksaw is fine too. Copper is pretty soft and easy to cut.

Then you’ll need your Bernzomatic tools!

I used my Bernzomatic Trigger Start 3 in 1 Micro Torch ST2200

 

Also: Gloves and goggles, solder brick or kiln shelf, copper tape, EZ Flow Solder wire, wire cutters, Bernzomatic Flux

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!Lighted Copper Wreath tutorial by Crafty Chica.

Add a string to the top of the wreath so you can hang it.Lighted Copper Wreath tutorial by Crafty Chica.

I used paper flowers, but you can use a sprig, or any kind of leafy decor, even glittered leafy decor! Lighted Copper Wreath tutorial by Crafty Chica.

It looks so pretty in our kitchen, it lights up the room!Lighted Copper Wreath tutorial by Crafty Chica.

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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Torch Bearer Logo

From the Bernzomatic site:

“Find Your Fire. There’s a fire in each of us. Waiting to ignite. We believe in carrying the torch ignited by our founder in 1876—whose quality craftsmanship and progressive mindset are what blazed the trail that got us here today. We believe in awakening the innovators in all of us—inspiring a culture of creators who can break boundaries, mark new territory and go where no flame has burned before. We believe in empowering those who’ve found their flame and dare to follow it. Because the ones who do are the catalysts of bold transformations that redefine the limits of what we can achieve.   We believe in our fire and in your fire. It’s time to ignite.”

Thanks so much for checking out my project!

Peace, love and glitter!
Kathy 🙂