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There are a number of applications that require the use of copper sheeting, including crafts and even kitchen accents. Because the metal is soft and very easy to work with, it can be cut, punched, bent and hammered with very little effort. It is important, however, to ensure that you are working the copper correctly, otherwise you may end up with creases that are difficult to remove.
Step 1: Roll out the copper sheeting on a workbench and cut it to size using a pair of tin snips. Make sure that your hands a protected against the sharp edges with a pair of leather gloves.
Step 2: Use a pair of pliers to bend the corners and other areas of the sheet into your desired position. If the area you are working on will be visible, place a rag between the pliers and the copper to prevent indentations from being made.
Step 3: To join two pieces of copper sheeting together, you will need to use a soldering iron. Make sure that you wear the leather gloves again, as the metal is a good conductor of heat and could burn you.
Step 4: Lay the copper flat out on the workbench again and use a hammer to lightly pound it in the areas that you would like to add texture. This method looks the best when all of the indentations overlap each other.
By making sure that you use the proper techniques and methods when working with copper sheeting, you will ensure that your finished product is everything you hoped it would be. It will also ensure that the application you use the metal for enjoys the benefits of being long lasting and resistant to damage.