I LOVE copper! I think it all started when I was a kid, and saw how beautiful copper pots and pans were in extravagant kitchens, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. We usually see copper in expensive kitchen details, and now we are seeing it all over the place! From home decor to office decor, copper is everywhere. People are loving metallics like copper and gold, geometric shapes like terrariums, and also the industrial look, which is what inspired me to create this iPad holder.
The mix of industrial and chic is what I love seeing in home decor, and that is what this iPad holder is all about. The industrial look of the pipes, but the chic look of the copper, creates a really cool balance. Copper pipes may not seem like the easiest thing to work with, but it is really not complicated. You can talk to anyone at the hardware store, and they will make sure you have all of the correct items. I listed below what you need, but it is always good to have reassurance when you are there. I didn’t know they made all these different kinds of “elbows” for pipes, so it is good to make sure you are on the right track.
The most important thing is that you find a pipe cutter that will cut through copper. I decided to buy one that was adjustable so that I wasn’t stuck with just a 1/2 pipe cutter. What if I want to cut a 1/4 inch pipe? Then I would have to get a new one?? No…get one that is adjustable. You need the pipe cutter because the pipe will come in a 5 foot long pipe that you will need to cut yourself.
You will also want to clean your copper, and I find that the best way to do this is with either lemon and salt, or ketchup! Yes, ketchup! It works! Just apply a layer of ketchup to the pipe, allow to sit for a little bit, and then wipe away. I swear it works!
Copper iPad Holder
1-5 foot long 1/2 inch copper tube
4- 1/2 inch 90 degree copper elbows
4 1/2 inch copper tees
4- 1/2 inch pipe caps
String glue such as gorilla glue, pro bond, or anything that says it will work on copper
A wire cutter that can be used on copper
Use the wire cutter to cut the copper pipe into these sizes:
1- 8 inch piece; depending on the size of your ipad, you could always make it a bit smaller
2- 6 inch pieces
2- 4 inch pieces
2- 1 inch pieces
Glue two of the elbows onto the ends of the 8 inch piece and glue the 6 inch pieces to the other side of the elbow create a “U” shape
Glue the 6 inch pieces of copper pipe into the top of the two copper tees
Glue the two 4 inch pieces into one side of each tee, and the one inch into the other side
Glue the other two elbows to the ends of the 4 inch pieces so that they point up
Glue the pipe caps to the top of the elbow, and the end of the 1 inch pieces
Allow to dry, then place the iPad onto the copper pipe holder