Fountains out of copper
I would like to make a fountain spout out of copper sheets..( i am thinking of making flower forms... bending hammering ect) I am totally new to this.
A couple of questions...
1. Are regular soldering joints strong enough to hold art work together... Any suggestions for the type of solder? The less toxic the better.
2. Can small pieces (less than 12X12") be annealed with a hand held propane torch.
3. At what point in the bending and hammering process do you know to anneal? Can you feel the metal becoming less flexable?
4. I understand that pickling removes the oxidation created during the annealing process. Is this nessesary to continue to shape? I kinda like the look of the oxidized copper.
5. Any book suggestions?