Some further thoughts for you all,
Copper is lovely, and relatively cheap, so you can use lots of it.
you dont mention what thickness of wire you use, but dont be afraid
to use 1/8in thick or even more.
At that thickness, it will be firm enough not to need each joint to
to take this thread somewhat further, find your nearest welding
supplier,and ask for somed samples of 10% aluminium bronze brazing
comes in 1/16th in and 1/8 in thickness.
its a lovely yellow colour and because of its ali content, hardly
oxidises at all. even on a salty skin.
whilst there also ask for some 316 stainless welding rod. thats a
lovely white colour, and will NOT tarish.
have a go, its all lovely metal to work with.
For wire thats as near as you can get to a true bronze, find a
spring maker. He will tell you where you can get phospor bronze wire,
ie 7% tin /copper.
thats a lovely pink colour. also good for all sorts of Jewellry. to
find bronze sheet is allmost impossible. tho I get 1in dia salt water
condenser tube. called Kunifer 10, I slit it length wise,open it out
then ive sheet 3in wide and up to 36in long.!!
Needs must, the devil drives.