Monday, August 11, 2008
Yeah you read that right. What are they you ask? Well, a few years ago on my favorite forum Garden Junk, a wonderful lady named Pam had some of these amazing gold fish in her garden. I fell in love with them and wanted some for myself. It was not as easy as just going to a pet store to buy them. It was a matter of collecting copper sheets, copper toilet floats, copper tubing, copper pipe, old used washers, solder, four hands and a few hours of elbow grease. I only had a picture to go by to create these little charmers, and it was like building a puzzle. My DH drew out a pattern from the picture and I traced the pattern on pieces of copper sheets. I then cut them out with tin snips. Let me tell you, that is not an easy procedure. My hands hurt for two days afterwards. Next, we began the soldering process. It took a few hours to solder them together, and fasten them to the copper pipe in the garden. I glued their eyes on with GE Silicone glue due to the fact that it is a difficult task soldering all those pieces on, and by heating up the copper they will fall off, if you are not careful. So, instead of risking that, I decided it would be much easier to just glue the eyes on after we were all done. Piece of cake you say? Oh yeah...piece of cake...(-:
I know Pam would be pleased to know I finally got these finished. You see Pam passed away June 7, 2006 after a long illness. I miss her. She was a big inspiration to me. I hope she is looking down on my beautiful goldfish and smiling!!!!! Thank You Pam!!! Each time I see my beautiful gold fish I will think of you(-:
These are Pams' inspiration fish that I copied...