Sunday, October 2, 2011

Scrap Copper Pipe Washers

Some followers of this blog may recall mention some time back about some scrap copper pipe I scrounged.  The outside diameters are 3/8 and 3/4 inch.

The 3/4 inch pipe was annealed and the coloration comes from that process.

Random lengths were cut from each, and without regard to cutting exactly straight.

Then the cutoffs were placed in a dapping block, again without regard as to even dapping.

Next, the cutoffs were flattened with a small brass mallet, resulting in the odd shapes.  Which was what I wanted.  Perfectly round ones would be boring!

The bottom row washers are partially textured.

The smaller washers at the top and right came from cutting a longer piece off the 3/8 inch pipe.  They have considerable, but interesting distortion.

An interesting experiment which, I think, hold some promise.


  1. Hello JWM29,
    I love this!!!

    A few years ago I made little bells from some forged copper pipe I had found sticking out of a dumpster.
    Each one had a different tone but each one was cooler then the next!

    P.s Jwm29, Email me, I have no way to directly respond to your comments on my blog.


  2. Thanks, Kenneth! The left over copper pipe from the new furnace/ac installation was too good to pass up.