The Nine Lives of a Copper Cat

Yes, it's true. Our Copper Cat Brooch does indeed have nine lives, non-traditional though they may be. This cute kitty goes through 9 stages of existence - from a rough concept sketch to a finished work of wearable art.

1. The idea is rendered in pencil on graph paper. This is our original drawing - with erasures and changes visible.
The First Life of the Copper Cat Brooch
2. A piece of recycled industrial sheet copper is selected, the template is positioned on, traced and hand cut with shears.
The Second Life of the Copper Cat Brooch
3. After filing and buffing to remove burrs and smooth rough edges, the newborn kitten pounces on the flatiron anvil.
The Third Life of the Copper Cat Brooch
4. And gets a pounding. Hand formed wires and nails create the stamped features and details; hammers add a rustic texture.
The Fourth Life of the Copper Cat Brooch
The Fourth Life of the Copper Cat Brooch
5. Steel wool adds extra shine and smoothness.
The Fifth Life of the Copper Cat Brooch
6. A hinged metal pin back is positioned and securely soldered.
The Sixth Life of the Copper Cat Brooch
7. A flame bath colors her up.
The Seventh Life of the Copper Cat Brooch
8. The final inspection ...
The Eighth Life of the Copper Cat Brooch
9. And she's ready to ship!
The Ninth Life of the Copper Cat Brooch
May all her lives be happy, and may her Ninth Life make you happy too!
Hand Forged Copper Cat Brooch Wearable Art
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