The Little Copper Box

2 ½ in x 2 in
Copper, Brass and Nickel Box
with fitted lid

This little box now belongs to my daughter, Kathy, in Fargo, and I remembered to take a couple of photos of it while there in January. I probably should have used some type of cleaner on it before photographing but I sort of like the tarnished look.

The box itself is made of copper, the moon on the lid is made of brass, and the wave is nickel. The wave is in honor of the famous Japanese printmaker, Hokusai.

Art students are required to take two art classes that are unrelated to their major interest. I took Ceramics and will do a different post on the pieces I made in that class. The other class was one of the hardest art classes I ever took at the university. It was jewelry making. Although I loved the final results, getting there was hard, tedious and time consuming. The sawing of these metals isn’t easy, especially when using the thicker pieces of metal…the student grade. It makes you appreciate the thinner finer grades. Silver is a little softer and easier to work with. I’ll take photos another time of the few pieces of jewelry I made.

Besides the cutting of the metal, lighting the gas torches to solder the pieces together, unnerved me no end. I’ll never use those again.

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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55 Responses to The Little Copper Box

  1. thetomster says:

    🙂 Pam, I guess this little … but oh so special box is one of the things that will last a long time, cherished and given from one to another, at least I hope so … very special and inspiring :up:

  2. daxonmacs says:

    Nice job Pam. I must admit that I haven't got a clue as to how to put it together.I love the lit with the moon and the wave, nice universal themes.It's weird that a lot of female artists ( sculpture ) have a fondness and preference for working with metal. I believe Claude made a video interview with one of them, some time ago.Anyway, nice job, too bad we can't order one from you anymore. :p

  3. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by maryamt08:

    Niiicee…box Pam… And nice photos.

    Thank you Maryam.

  4. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by thetomster:

    very special and inspiring

    Thank you Dirk. I think that's why she asked me for it.

  5. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by daxonmacs:

    I haven't got a clue as to how to put it together

    You have to saw it, bend it, solder it, then sand and polish. Very time consuming. Originally posted by daxonmacs:

    It's weird that a lot of female artists ( sculpture ) have a fondness and preference for working with metal.

    There are more and more nowadays. Had I been younger when I learned how to do this….well, who knows, I might not have been so scared of the gas torches.

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