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Iron chili pepper bottle opener


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

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