Joe Meineke

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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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Anvil Restoration & Repair

One of my very first anvil restorations involved an old “King Howard” (most likely Hay Budden as it was made in Brooklyn, NY) anvil.  As you can see in the photos, half of the tool steel plate is missing (nearly all anvils made in America were a cast or wrought iron body with a hard [...]

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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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Copper Bead Tutorial

I’ve published my copper bead making tutorial for anyone who might be interested in making their own or, if you’ve ever bought these beads from me, you can see what goes into making them.  Enjoy!

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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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