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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Flameless Patina Copper Lantern

Place a sheet of copper on a flat surface

Place a sheet of copper on a flat surface.

Cut the sheet into strips

Cut the sheet into strips.

You need two thick strips and five thinner ones

You need two thick strips and five thinner ones.

You can, of course, be much more perfect when it comes to measuring. But for my design I wanted the design to look like it was a treasure from long ago. So I left it unfinished.

Mix the solution to add a blue green patina to the copper

Mix the solution to add a blue green patina to the copper.

See the Tutorial below for more information on how to patina copper. This week I show you the "basic" way. No special tricks or treats. Just a lovely patina. Over the next few weeks I will add to the Tutorial so that it forms a mini Christmas workshop for you to enjoy. You can subscribe to receive advance notice for when the next lesson is ready for you to view with a few bonus tips along the way. The subscribe button is below the post.

Let the strips dry on a paper towel

Let the strips dry on a paper towel.

My tip for you this week is about hand shaping the lantern without a template. I explain how... and why I do this in our weekly email. Make sure you are signed up to receive your once a week email with the exclusive bonus tip every Wednesday morning, the moment the design is ready for you. The sign up is below this post.

Start to shape the lantern by curving the thinner strips

Start to shape the lantern by curving the thinner strips.

Use your pliers to curve one end flat

Use your pliers to curve one end flat.

Do the same on all the copper strips

Do the same on all the copper strips.

Curve the same side of the strip up and straight to create a foot

Curve the same side of the strip up and straight to create a foot.

Curve the rest of the strips with your pliers

Curve the rest of the thin strips with your pliers.

Curve the other end of the strip with your pliers

Curve the other end of the strip with your pliers to craft a top for the lantern.

This is the basic shape of the lantern

This is the basic shape of the lantern.

See all the dust? Be careful when handling the copper so that you do not dust off the patina.

Wrap cane around a votive candle to measure the end pieces

Wrap cane around a votive candle to measure the end pieces

Design note: You can also use more copper to do this. Or clay. or anything pliable, really.

Secure the cane with hot glue

Secure the cane into a circle with hot glue.

Make another circle for the top of the lantern

Make another circle for the top of the lantern.

Fold a cane strip to fit neatly into the circle

Fold a cane strip to fit neatly into the circle...

To have access to the candle

To have access to the candle if you are using a battery operated votive, like I did.

This makes it easy to switch the candle on without having to remove it from the design.

Carefully wipe away any dust from the spots where you glue the copper

Carefully wipe away any dust from the spots where you glue the copper.

Like always, I wanted to make my lantern using only what you most likely already have in your tool bag. If you clean the dust away hot glue will glue the lantern perfectly without you having to invest in any other tools. Especially because I am using a votive candle and there is no risk of the glue melting.

Glue the strips to the cane circle

Glue the strips to the cane circle with the footed end at the bottom.

Design note: Make sure the cane circle forms a basket with the hollow side pointing into the design. The bottom should be flat.

And glue the other end of the strips with the single curve to the top circle

And glue the end of the strips with the single curve to the top circle.

So that you have a balloon lantern shape all the way around

So that you have a balloon lantern shape all the way around.

With the candle basket in the bottom

With the candle basket in the bottom.

Gently curve the thicker strips

Gently curve the thicker strips...

And wrap it around the thinner strips and the cane coil

And wrap it around the thinner strips and the cane coil.

And glue the copper strip with hot glue to the cane and copper strips

And glue the copper strip with hot glue to the cane and over the thin copper strips.

Wrap the other strip around the other end and secure it with hot glue

Wrap the other strip around the other end and secure it with hot glue

Nestle the lantern into the design

Nestle the lantern into the design...

And slip in the tiny flameless candle

And slip in the tiny flameless candle.

Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.

Tutorials

24 November 2021 Patina Copper

The colour and the effect will vary due to application, temperature and humidity.

24 November 2021 Feather and Twig Wreath to frame a Handcrafted Copper Lantern

Cover a basic wreath with a layer of feathers for a soft and comforting winter wreath

4 December 2012 Twig Lanterns

Wire short twigs around wire rings to create rustic flameless tea-light lanterns

14 June 2017 Hanging Bamboo Lantern

This is a perfect do-ahead-of-time hanging design for a summer wedding. Craft one or three or a whole lot of the lanterns and add some orchids at the last moment to finish the...

27 November 2012 Winter Woodland Chandelier

Wrap vines and twigs around a wire frame to create a decorative woodland chandelier

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

15 December 2011 Spiral wire support pressed into a candle

The wire spirals are supported on wire sections pressed into the wax

16 December 2020 Cardboard base for a roasting-by-an-open-fire fishbowl vase snow globe

… ideal for fresh floral displays because it has a hidden water source that can be refilled and the candle can be switched on and off without disturbing the design.

17 April 2013 Skeleton Leaf Flameless Candle Cocoon

Cover a balloon with skeleton leaves to create a cocoon

4 December 2019 Eucalyptus collar for a snow-covered Christmas candle

Not only will your home smell wonderful while crafting this design you will also have a ethereal and long lasting design to enjoy.

27 November 2012 Winter Woodland Chandelier

Wrap vines and twigs around a wire frame to create a decorative woodland chandelier

27 November 2012 Fluff cotton wool for snow

Cotton balls can be unrolled and fluffed to create long garlands of "snow"

Favourite Flowers

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

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