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A one piece copper sculpture of a brook trout. The beautiful brookie deserves to be celebrated for being the only trout native to my state, North Carolina. Overall size 4" x 12".  Copper is heated with a propane torch and becomes soft and pliable. I use a collection of implements to cut and punch holes and lines in it and hammer it into shape on an anvil. Color variation is achieved by applying targeted heat. As you bend and manipulate it, it becomes more firm. It's an interesting metallurgical operation and quite fun. I sealed it with a coat of laquer and attached it to a smooth-sanded red cedar plank. 

Brook Trout in Copper by JK Christian

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