Engagement gift for my beautiful bride-to-be!
In Turkey it is a traditional custom for the couple to present gifts to each other which usually include items for the home, jewellery & perfume. As much as I wanted to stay in-line with customs in Turkey I also wanted to add my own special twist to the occasion so I decided that I should design and make something which was completely unexpected, so that is what I did!
Making the Rose
The first thing to do is to create or find petal templates online, these are freely available as shown here. Print & cut around each leaf/petal & then trace onto metal sheeting. This can the be cut out via your favourite method, I used a plasma cutter.
As you can see, I didn’t wear goggles for this initially, do not repeat this! This was a foolish and dangerous thing to do, one which I will not be repeating!
The next step was to also cut out a solid and sturdy base stand as shown below, a little polished to make it smooth and clean.
So, we have roughly cut out petals and a base to support the made rose. The next step was to polish and texturise the petals!
I used a wire brush tool to polish the petals and then and angle grinder to carefully add texture to the leaf. I used a kevlar gloves whilst doing this step to prevent any harm coming to my hands!
Unfortunately it was around this time I realised my gloves were only kevlar on the palms and not finger tips as I ended up cutting straight through my glove and going to A&E! This has thankfully now completely healed.
Anyway… Back to the Rose!
The final steps involved shaping the leaf and petals and then combining together and welding to the stem.
In the photos above you will notice that I burnt off the oil, this was added to the Rose to make it last longer without Rusting.The last things I did for this gift was:
- Added red felt to the bottom of the rose to stop it scratching furniture
- Purchased rose oil which I added (very sparingly) to the rose. This gave the gift a lovely aroma which lasts months and makes it seem more real.