To continue the cephalopod obsession, I had noticed that my friend Richard had made a brass squid for a recent steampunk festival and so I asked him to show me how to make one. This is a quick photo diary showing how we made a squid from copper using some simple fabrication techniques.
First of all I made a paper template the rough shape of a squid.
Then we raided Richard’s garden for some spare copper.
Trace the template and cut it out.
Anneal ready for some bending and hammering.
Hammer with a rounded head to stretch the copper into a rounded shape.
Some more hammering around a round shape.
Add texture dimples with a flat hammer over a dome shape.
To make an eye use a tube to create a circle indentation and a blunt centre punch for the pupil.
Bend the edges round to create a more lifelike shape.
Twist the tentacles with pliers.
Gives it a slight polish and finished!