After the recent sale of the key holder me and my family have used for the last few years, I felt the pressure to replace it. I immediately thought of a steampunk theme. It is the driving force force for me to acquire steel gears from surplus sources.
This industrial chic steampunk key holder pretty much came together as I imagined it. I first arc welded the gears in what I thought was an interesting pattern. Then cut a square steel bar I had handy then I hand formed my hooks. I maintained an imperfect natural steel finish to add to the industrial chic charm. This key holder could work in a number of decor settings. It could perfectly fit in with a vintage country cottage or an ultramodern contemporary work space. The possibilities are endless.
This brilliant iridescent blue three cube contemporary metal sculpture my latest creation. It consist of three different sized cubes made from 1/8″ steel plate welded in 3D hollow forms with an oxygen acetylene torch. You can read more about the process here. It does take practice to do this efficiently. It is a combination of choosing right welding tip size for optimum heat output as well as the correct travel speed to minimize warping the hollow forms.
This sculpture was carefully assembled to get the most of the angles and perspectives available. To add to the bold arrangement of three dimensional shapes, a pearl blue mica paint job was applied to the cubes. This helps to accentuate the dimensional qualities of the piece. To elevate the cubes, a stand was created with 1/4″ thick steel plate and a 5/8″ round rod. This stand is painted gloss black so the iridescent pearl blue cubes are able to stand out more.
This is a recent addition to my Etsy shop. It is a hand welded minimalist modern sculpture. The white and black paint contrast with each other giving the composition dimension and presence. Also. these colors match many decor schemes making for a minimalist yet bold statement. There is red accents to attract attention and focus. The paint is a spray lacquer paint that dries quickly but leaves a hard durable coating. The crossing geometric lines provide depth and volume. The round shapes and holes break up the otherwise rectangular theme.
While going through some left over plasma cutter steel plate, I also grabbed a handful of miscellaneous lengths of round bars and went to work with my oxygen acetylene torch. What I came up with is an artwork that is capable of resting and standing in any position that is imagined.
Torch Perforations For Affect
I also used the torch to intentionally melt holes through some of the steel. It makes it look more interesting and raw. This sculpture could be placed on a lighted pedestal in such a fashion to allow the light to permeate the perforations to cast beautiful shadows.
Over the weekend,I was celebrating the arrival of spring weather by creating a new brazed nail wall panel. It consist of seven stars handmade along with for hemispherical steel caps to add interest to the piece. No electric welding was used everything was done with her Oxygen acetylene torch.
Dimensional Metal Wall Art With Natural Brushed Steel Finish
This composition is of moderate size at about 17 inches in height and 14 inches wide and is about 2 inches deep when mounted on the wall. I called it star-spangled nail wall panel and it could be found on my Etsy shop.
When doing random abstract industrial steel sculptures, there is nothing I like more than a glossy, hard, durable paint finish. It seems to add to the aesthetic of the steel composition. So with the solid lines and the presence of great strength comes a clear, bold and definitive finish in a eye catching color.
Industrial Sculpture Welded from Scrap
I like how the random pieces came together in this orange industrial welded steel sculpture to make the perfect centerpiece. This is not only an interesting way of incorporating mechanical hardware into art, this be a way to clear up metal odds and ends I have accumilated.
Years ago I had found a seatless metal chair curbside on trash day. This past winter, I finally got around to utilizing it in sculpture. The circular foot rung caught my eye first and I proceeded to free the ring from its bondage. It became the frame work of the piece pictured above, the Upcycled Arc Welded Steel Circle now listed in my Etsy shop.
Angular View Showing Reflective Surface
Another view showing the reflection from the surface of the brushed steel accents. These capture the attention and draw focus to the duality of the glossy red ring and flat black mesh background.