One of the most enjoyable parts of working with hot metal, is the ability to take the remains of other projects and give them new life. I have a lot of loose ends of pipe in my scrap pile. It's too short for a lot of applications, so I try to find ways to use it that I hope bring a little joy into the lives of others.
The chili pepper is formed hot from the pipe. I make the pepper and the leaf from a single piece of pipe. Draw down the end of the pepper an make a neck to create the leaves. I attach an opener that I forged in place of the stem. For this opener the stem is brazed on with brass. In my fantasies, it will turn green over time. Vinegar would help that.
I kinda hate waste and I really do enjoy the process of transforming hot metal. Giving it shape. I hope the shape, in this case, is unexpected and allows me to share a little of my pleasure with you.
Bottle openers are hot brushed and waxed to help protect the surface. Iron rusts if it gets and stays wet, but it is truly a wonderful material.
Weight ~ 8.0 oz. / 227 g