Every Valentine deserves a rose that lasts forever. Students from Honolulu Community College’s Sheet Metal and Plastics Technology program continue an annual tradition of crafting a one-of-a-kind Valentines gift that is guaranteed not to fade. The copper roses, popularly known as “forever roses,” are hand-crafted by sheet metal students every year and are sold around Valentine’s Day to help raise funds to support the program.
Flower petals and leaves start as flat sheets of copper, which are cut and carefully molded into shape. Students then assemble the individual pieces before hand-crimping each petal to give it a lifelike texture.
“Every piece doesn’t look exactly alike,” said Danny Aiu, sheet metal and plastics professor. “It’s all hand-formed. They may have been cut similarly but they don’t all look alike,”
Honolulu CC’s Sheet Metal and Plastics program is designed to qualify students for entry into the sheet metal workforce. Through hands-on experience, students develop skills in fabrication, architectural metal work, pattern development and more. Smaller projects such as crafting of the forever roses give students the opportunity to tap into their creative side and think about the possibilities of working with metal.
“When I do things like this, I hear students say, ‘I can make that.’ You let them use their imagination,” added Aiu. “Then they realize, ‘I can make this, I can do that,’ they start seeing the talent within themselves to make other things.”
The copper forever roses will be available for purchase in the Honolulu CC sheet metal shop (Building 17) on February 14 from 9:30 a.m. while supplies last.
These one-of-a-kind roses make special Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day gifts for $15 each or four for $50.
Customers are limited to four roses.