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Comfort says...lol at so many of the comments! i love it when y'all give memories like this...and so much educational information! i Love this site! Joan, this is great! you are so handy! i love the fire! it looks real. how did you get it to glow? did you paint the foil? with red or orange?
lallyp says...They boiled hams in them too, Julie!
Joan Mc says...I tried to find your Stockbroker, I'm just learning how to find my way around the photographs section, not much success so far
Julie Hardy says...This is excellent, Joan! Kitchen roll inserts are big enough to do this with, these days. An example of "invisible" inflation, the centres of kitchen rolls and toilet rolls have been getting bigger and bigger, so that the rolls stay the same diameter but with fewer sheets in them. The other day, I finished a kitchen roll that had been in one of my tool boxes for about 5 years - its centre was half the width of the one currently in the kitchen!
Another use for the copper was for boiling Christmas puddings - that's why they used to be round, like a ball. They were shaped, wrapped in pudding-cloths and boiled in the copper. They stayed round because the water was deep and boiling merrily, so the puddings never touched the bottom of the copper's bowl. Once coppers became less common, puddings had to be made in basins, as pans weren't deep enough to allow round puddings to keep their shape.
lallyp says...This looks great! The house I grew up in was built in 1881 and although the copper wasn't visible, when the floor rotted ,the base was still in situ. That was round too! They didn't have a grill as I remember, my aunt had a copper in her scullery and there was no grill across the fire. She still used hers and the mangle! You can make good tongs from two shaped pieces of Balsa and a strip of tin foil to join them at the top. See my Stockbroker.
Adele Wallace says...sorry but reply wouldnt post and now it has done it in triple lol
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