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This guy looks so real, he may attract a mate. He is handmade from recycled copper and measures 6 inches long from forelegs to wing tips, 8 inches wide from leg to leg, and 3 inches to the top of his head. Comes equipped with a point of attachment on the abdomen to make it wall mount, using a picture hanger. (Not included) He may also be placed on flat surfaces.

To make the Praying Mantis, I first study the insect by looking at many pictures and facts in books and on the internet. Then a top view is drawn using the computer program AutoCAD. I use the pattern to carve that shape into a block of oak. A piece of sheet copper is heated to make more malleable, then hammered on the oak mold. The shape is then cut free from the copper. Legs and antenna are made from copper wire. Brazing comes next, followed by cleaning and finishing.

For a finish I use Art Chemical’s green dye-oxide with Permalac exterior lacquer topcoat. Permalac is rated to last for 10 years in the elements, using paste wax once a year to help protect the finish.

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Added on May 10, 2010

Small Praying Mantis Metal Copper Wall Sculpture


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: copper sheet, copper wire, green dye oxide, exterior lacquer top coat
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 25 reviews
  • Favorited by: 102 people