Copper is considered a softer metal and has an aesthetically pleasing colour, so it's used for many purposes. Whether you are working with copper because you are making art, working with copper plumbing pipes, or other copper fixtures, you will need the right tools to work with this metal.
Copper cutting shears can be used to make straight cuts through straps of copper. There are hand-held as well as bench-top versions of these shears. If you are using the hand-held version, you just squeeze the handle a couple times with a firm grip and it will cut right through the metal. The bench-top version has a long blade with a handle that can cut up to a foot wide and .025 inch thick copper pieces.
Due to the softer nature and construction of copper, you do not want to drill this metal. You use a metal punch instead to make holes in the metal you are working with. These punches come in different sizes to make different holes, depending on your current project and needs.
Sheet Metal Tool
You use a sheet metal tool work with copper straps or sheets. This hand-held tool has carbon steel jaws and can be used to fold, bend, flatten or hold the metal as you work with it. This tool can be found in 3-inch or 6-inch versions.
Copper Tube Cutter
This tool is used to cut copper tubing, especially when working with copper plumbing. You can also use a regular hacksaw to accomplish, the job but the tube cutter is designed to work with that kind of metal.
Small Propane Torch
You can fasten copper pieces together with a small hand-held propane torch. When you use this tool, you must also have lead-free solder and flux or soldering paste to complete the job. This torch is often used for connecting copper piping, but it can also be used on other copper projects.
To make free form copper designs, use a wooden or plastic hammer. Put some steel shot in a leather bag, place your copper in the bag, close it and hit it with the hammer. You can make curved copper pieces this way.