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Weaving Tips || How to Make Your Own Copper Rod

How to prep a copper pipe to hang your weave fromDon’t you just love how weaves look hanging from copper?! The shiny metal really compliments the softness of a weave. I knew right away that I wanted to hang my peachy-pink weave along weave from copper. The peach and copper colors look so nice together. Also the visual weight of the copper next to the airy weave is a great design compliment.

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Want to know how to make a copper rod for hanging your weaves? It’s pretty simple, especially if you have the right tools. I want to share how I prepped this piece of copper for my weave, so that you can try it too if you wanted to include copper in your weaves too.

How to prep a copper pipe to hang your weave fromThese are the supplies I used:

Here are the simple steps:

step1|| measure how long you want your copper pipe to be.

step 2|| using the handsaw, cut the pipe at the proper length. This gets a little tricky at the beginning, but once you make a groove it’s easier to keep your cut line straight. Just make sure you don’t cut the pipe at an angle. Try to keep your sawing straight so that your cut will also be straight. Also, when you get towards the end of the cutting, resist the urge to just break the pipe off. You’ll have a nicer edge if you continue to cut all the way through.

step 3|| once you cut through your pipe, file the cut edge with your metal file. Make sure to file the outer edge, since it will be sharp also, without scratching up the sides of the pipe.

step 4|| polish the copper.

How to prep a copper pipe to hang your weave fromOk before I get onto this part, I first want to point out that industrial copper pipe isn’t pretty, because that isn’t what it’s used for. It comes with gunk, printed letters, and some stamped letters. Lucky for us the gunk and the printed letters easily come off when you polish the copper. It came off especially easy for me when I followed that tutorial I told you about in the supply list. The stamped letters are here to stay, but they actually don’t really show when I hung the weave from the pipe. Also, since the stamped letters are on just one area of the copper pipe, they can be turned downward so that they are even harder to notice.

So, polish the copper to remove the gunk and printed lettering. You can do this by making your own polish or by using a polish you bought from a store.  As you can see in my pictures below, the copper shines up to a really pretty color that is almost a rose gold.  A huge improvement from how it looked in the store.

How to prep a copper pipe to hang your weave fromStep 5|| hang your weave!

See, it’s pretty simple. And because I have extra that I can share, I’m going to put a few pieces of copper pipe in the shop once I’m done making them pretty.

Happy Weaving!


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  • Jen
    July 29, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Rubbing alcohol takes the stamped ink off copper pipe. Also, if you work with copper a lot, a pipe cutter is about $5 and so much easier to use than a hacksaw. Plus, hardware stores usually have matching copper pipe cap, which is awesome for covering the ends neatly

    • Kate
      September 20, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Awesome! Thanks so much for the tips, I’ll have to try these!

  • Jean Gogolin
    August 4, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Kate — I use copper pipe to hang weavings, too, and I get it at Home Depot, where it comes in a number of diameters. They also have a special cutter for it — several, in fact — which costs $8 to $12, depending on the kind you buy. I found that using the cutter is a whole lot easier than using a hack saw, and worth the expense if you’re going to be cutting more than a few pipes. It’s still a good idea to use a file afterwards, though.

    • Kate
      September 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion! I’ve had a lot of readers tell me about the pipe cutter, so I’ll just have to go get one!