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    Howdy Gang:

    I'm building a tree out of steel pipe. I'm just about done and I'm getting close to putting the leaves on. I can't find a stamped steel maple leaf large enough for scale. The biggest thing I can find is 4 and 3/16 tall by 3 and 3/4 inches wide (http://www.kingmetals.com/Catalog/It...temNumber=1426)

    I need something that's about 6 inches tall-ish and 5 inches wide-ish. I know about King Architectural Metals and Frank Morrow, wondering if you folks have any other sources for stamped steel leaves? Plain steel, around .020 thick would be just peachy! :-) Need about 50.

    Ron

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    Try King Metals... Leaf dept....

    http://steel.kingmetals.com/search?w=leaves&view=list

    Or have your local cnc plasma guy cut a bunch of them for you...



    Originally posted by ronnielyons View Post
    Howdy Gang:

    I'm building a tree out of steel pipe. I'm just about done and I'm getting close to putting the leaves on. I can't find a stamped steel maple leaf large enough for scale. The biggest thing I can find is 4 and 3/16 tall by 3 and 3/4 inches wide (http://www.kingmetals.com/Catalog/It...temNumber=1426)

    I need something that's about 6 inches tall-ish and 5 inches wide-ish. I know about King Architectural Metals and Frank Morrow, wondering if you folks have any other sources for stamped steel leaves? Plain steel, around .020 thick would be just peachy! :-) Need about 50.

    Ron
    Last edited by H80N; 10-29-2014, 08:23 PM.
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      I have made hundreds of leaves for different projects, it is really not that hard. I used to make templates and draw them on the steel and hand plasma cut them out, then I got a small cnc unit. After they are cut they go into the forge and get veined, then back into the forge and get shaped. Takes about 30 seconds to vein, and then same to shape. I usually do about 3 sizes of the same leaf, and I will often change up the shaping of them so they look more natural. Most of the leaves are patterned off of real leaves so they are authentic.
      After that I either acid wash then, or sandblast. Rust is my favorite finish for them, makes it look like fall year round.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ronnielyons View Post
        Howdy Gang:

        I'm building a tree out of steel pipe. I'm just about done and I'm getting close to putting the leaves on. I can't find a stamped steel maple leaf large enough for scale. The biggest thing I can find is 4 and 3/16 tall by 3 and 3/4 inches wide (http://www.kingmetals.com/Catalog/It...temNumber=1426)

        I need something that's about 6 inches tall-ish and 5 inches wide-ish. I know about King Architectural Metals and Frank Morrow, wondering if you folks have any other sources for stamped steel leaves? Plain steel, around .020 thick would be just peachy! :-) Need about 50.

        Ron
        Walker's method is the best but if he's not available then I would suggest a local fab shop that has a water jet or plasma that does production work. Grab some photos you like, turn them into black and white drawings, give them to the shop and they will turn out your blanks for you. Then you can heat and hammer them like Walker does and have your leaves.

        Note: add 20 extra for screwing up as you learn to heat and hammer.
        life is good

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