Sunday, August 27, 2017

1:12 Scale Vintage "Galvanized" Watering Can






I made several watering cans a few years ago and either sold or gave them away. When I went to make myself one a few days ago, I discovered I had lost the plate I engraved to make the raised rings around the body of the can. UGH! Sad, because that plate also had to curved engraved cuts for making French "zinc" flower buckets. This cans watering head has really small holes drilled in concentric circles. In a few days the polished brass will dull down and look just right.

I meant to take lots of in progress pictures but as usual I just got busy and just couldn't stop.


 It is amazing how many tools it takes to make these. Steel surface plate, ring mandrel, Small tapered mandrel (for making the tapered tube), dapping block set, soldering equipment, Flex shaft, hammers, gravers, jewelers saw and on and on it goes. I am sure you know very well how much stuff you have to drag out for a small project.





32 comments:

  1. Wow! Amazing work. I'd never have guessed it was mini just from looking at it.

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    1. Hi Sheila,

      Thank you for your kind comment. :-)

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  2. Very impressive, love the vintage look you have captured. So many skills to make such a wonderful mini. Jenn

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    1. Hi Jennifer,

      Thank you! It has been too hot to work in the garage. So I made most of it in the house. That is why I realized how many tools and what a big mess it takes to make one. haha

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  3. It is wonderful Catherine!
    I would have loved to have seen progress photos as I have no idea how you go about making something as wonderful as this...?
    Being one of those people that receive one of your previous pieces I can testify as to how awesome your work is.....I adore my watering can, it is one of my favourite items...ever!!!!
    Linda xxxxxx

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    1. Hi Linda,

      Awwww... Thank you! I am so glad you like yours.

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  4. Such a beautiful can, such a great job you did on it.

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    1. Thank you Linda. When are you coming to visit? :-)

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  5. Wonderful piece. Love that you can actually do that. Metal is not my friend.

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    1. Hi Patrica,
      Thank you! You are so good at making so many different things. I understand about a medium not being your friend. It is paint that hates me. I can't even open a can without getting it all over me.

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous, like no other. Well worth your efforts and expertise!

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    1. Hi Nancy,

      Thank you for your kind words. :-)

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  7. I am amazed at your creative talent Catherine - the little watering can is perfect.

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    1. Hi Rosemary,

      Thank you! I assure you it is not perfect. It is supposed to look like it has been neglected in the garden for many years. :-)

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  8. Hello Catherine,
    It might be a lot of steps and tools, but it is an amazing project. It looks wonderful!
    Big hug
    Giac

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  9. Boy oh Boy, are you ever GOOD at whatever you choose to do! ♡ :D

    elizabeth

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  10. Elizabeth,

    Thank you. You're very kind but I assure you I have my share of failures!

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  11. What a great watering can! It makes gorgeous scenes with the flowers and the bird.
    Geneviève

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    1. Hi Genevieve,

      Thank you very much. I got that bird at the Bishop show several years ago. I like it because he had pecked at a few places in the peaches. ;-)

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  12. votre arrosoir est magnifique . c 'est incroyable que vous puissiez arriver à faire cela avec une plaque de metal . je n 'arrive pas à imaginer comment vous faites cela . on aimerait tous voir une photo à chaque moment de la fabrication car
    c'est magique .

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    1. Bonjour Catherine,

      Merci beaucoup. Je suis heureux que vous aimiez l'abreuvoir. Je fais du travail du métal depuis l'âge de quinze ans. C'est un projet très simple. J'aimerais avoir pris plus de photos, peut-être la prochaine fois. XXX

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  13. Oh, what a magnificent job you have done! I remember you posted about the watering cans a long time ago.... I am so in awe of metal workers! This is exquisite! (But then all your miniatures are!)

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  14. Hi Betsy!

    Thank you so much. I do love to work with metal. It is my favorite thing to do. :-)

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  15. Я потрясена! Вы сделали точную и функциональную копию лейки. Это так чудесно! Я восхищаюсь вашей работой! Мне нравятся ваши фотографии. Очень красиво и реально!
    Татьяна

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    1. elloTatyana,

      Добро пожаловать на мой блог. Я рад, что вы решили оставить мне сообщение. Спасибо за ваш добрый комментарий о лейке. Это было весело.
      Я постоянно вижу людей из России в моей статистике, но я думаю, что вы первый, кто когда-либо оставлял мне комментарий. Надеюсь, вы снова посетите.

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    2. Я благодарю вас за ответ. Я живу в Украине. В прекрасном городе Киев. Ситуация сложилась такая, что Украина не дружит с Россией. Русский язык был основным языком в Советском союзе. Советский союз распался, а люди продолжают общаться на русском языке. Я говорю на русском языке уже 57 лет. Я очень рада, что в Украине начинает возрождаться украинский язык. Мы будем понемногу привыкать и гордиться своим словом. Если вы увидите Украину в статистике, то это я. :) :) :) Я люблю ваш блог и часто его посещаю. Я приглашаю вас в мой блог! Очень рада познакомиться!
      Татьяна

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  16. Привет, Татьяна,

    О, прошу прощения за то, что я ошибался в вашей стране за Россию. Я буду помнить, что вы на Украине в будущем. Я уверен, что ваши люди будут очень рады вернуться на свой родной язык, несмотря на любые трудности / путаницу для некоторых.
    Я обязательно поеду на ваш блог. Я так рад, что вам тоже нравится посещать здесь.
    :-) XXX

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