Tools and materials
Measuring tape and felt-tip pen
Copper pipe cutter
3/4” (19mm) copper pipe
30cm-diameter round basin
10mm sisal rope
50mm-wide cloth tape
Expanding polyurethane adhesive(we used Selleys Durabond Aquadhere)
Assorted decorative garden stakes
1. Cut the pipe
To make the copper connectors, measure five 50mm sections along the pipe, marking with a felt-tip pen. Use the pipe cutter by positioning it over each mark, turning it around the pipe, tightening slightly after each turn.
2. Trim the rope
Flip a 30cm basin upside down. Use a sharp utility knife to trim the end of the sisal rope diagonally. Run the rope around the rim of the basin, overlapping the end by about 10mm, and cut diagonally.
3. Glue the rope
Position a 100mm-long piece of cloth tape upside down. Thread a connector onto the rope, position the ends over the tape and dab polyurethane adhesive onto the join. Wear gloves to tightly twist the tape around it.
4. Apply adhesive to the ends
Move the connector over the taped join and apply adhesive into the ends. Position the hoop back on the upside-down basin. Set out cardboard offcuts on the work surface in preparation for the quickly expanding adhesive.
5. Spray the rope
Use a water spritzer to dampen the rope and spray into the connector.
Tip: Moisture activates the adhesive to make it expand, and the rope will hold its circular shape as it dries.
6. Trim back adhesive
Move the damp hoop onto the cardboard, then repeat to make five hoops. Watch the adhesive expand, moving the hoops every few minutes to avoid sticking to the cardboard. When the foam has hardened, trim it away then shine up the copper with metal polish and a cloth.
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Photography credit: James Moffatt