Joe Meineke

hand made

Copper Cross

Here’s my latest project – a wood textured 100% copper cross.  I love the wonderful colors you can tease out of copper with a torch! To join the arms to the main beam, I half-lapped the joints and then, using an oxy/mapp torch, fused them together and then put some decorative copper bands on the [...]

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Stainless Steel & Sterling Silver Rosary

I just put my latest creation up for sale on Etsy.  I have to say, this was one of the more challenging rosaries that I’ve done so far due to the fact that Stainless Steel is very difficult to drill.  I think I went through about 10 solid tungsten-carbide drill bits making these beads, but [...]

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Copper Heart Paperweight

Some time ago I was contacted by a friend on Etsy, (see her shop, “nottoto,” by clicking here), who asked me if I could create a small custom item for her Aunt.  She decided she wanted a heart mounted on a metal base. I know she had originally envisioned me making something out of solid [...]

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One Decade Copper Stainless & Bronze Pocket Rosary

One Decade Copper Stainless & Bronze Pocket Rosary by RefinedByFire. Recently listed on Etsy, this is my latest pocket rosary.  This is a very durable piece, one that you can carry around in your pocket and not worry about it breaking. It is made of full-hard stainless steel, 99.9% pure copper and includes a Bronze [...]

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Copper Rondelles

A couple of days ago I was contacted by a craftswoman on Etsy who asked me if I ever made copper rondelles.  Nope..  Never..  I told her that I am not set up to make them. Later, I started thinking about it – why couldn’t I?  Isn’t a rondelle just a flattened sphere?  So out [...]

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New Beads ~ Sterling Silver Brazed Copper

I’ve been experimenting with a new bead design incorporating Sterling Silver in my hand made copper beads.  So far I am pleased with the results. Prior to forging them into their final shape, I braze on solid sterling silver wire on random areas of the bead and then, following another good cleaning / de-scaling,  texture [...]

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One Decade Sterling, Copper, Stainless & Bronze Rosary

One Decade Sterling, Copper, Stainless & Bronze Rosary I decided to use my copper / sterling beads in a new design now featured in my shop on Etsy. It’s a one-decade rosary featuring a nice bronze reproduction crucifix/center and 316L stainless steel wire:

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The Old Rugged (iron) Cross

These crosses make very nice gifts and are fun to make too.  I use 1/2″ mild-steel bar stock for these crosses and 1020 steel bases. One fun fact about these crosses is what’s inside!  I first drill a 5/16″ hole in the bottom of the cross to a depth of about 3/4″.  I then fill [...]

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A Bench for the Wife

This is a project I completed last summer for my wife.  She wanted a simple bench that we could use at our kitchen table to accommodate our growing family. My inspiration for this design came in part from a highly skilled professional blacksmith, Jeff Gawell, who owns The Forge at Cedar Hill. His spiral staircase rails are [...]

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Stainless Steel

Fist a little background… Back when I made my very first rosary I quickly learned how difficult it is to make your own chain.  There is a video tutorial on olrm.org that discusses one method in particular that looks really neat, but I could never quite get the hang of it.  This was partly due [...]

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