Allen’s Corner Shelf

Allen on his 50th birthday, with our son, Steve. Fake mustaches were a party favor everyone was wearing, in Allen’s honor.

My hubby is absolutely amazing.  He’s really getting into this whole working-with-copper thing.  Ever since he started experimenting with making crowns and ear cuffs for the Renaissance Faire last year, he’s been pushing his own boundaries with metal and solder.  I’m excited about all the learning he’s doing, and experimenting along the way.

So when the girls (Margo and Heather) decided they were going to remodel our very-sixties half-bath downstairs, Allen decided to construct some copper-and-wood wall shelving that would go in the corner over the toilet.

The corner shelving unit is made with 6-gauge copper wire and has these three open waves, which have brackets that the shelves are screwed onto.  The waves were soldered to a central undulating pair of wires, and the whole thing has this sensual beauty to it.  He cut and stained the shelves, which came out surprisingly beautiful for scrap pine.  I love how he used his router to give the edges a nice scallop.

We initially had a hard time finding knick-nacks that were small enough that they didn’t overpower the shelves and still left much of the construction visible.  A few collected shells, some polymer clay-covered tea-light candle holders, and my new faux stained glass egg where just right to display here.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Pam
    Mar 30, 2012 @ 17:51:41

    Tell Alan that is GORGEOUS!! He did a great job on the shelf-is he going to be
    making them to sell. he could.
    I love copper.
    oh and your egg is fantastic of course. Pam

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