Minimalist Modern Metal Art
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.
Raw Steel Brutalist Sculpture
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.
For more information or to purchase this item visit Brutalist Upcycled Remnant Sculpture in my Etsy shop.
Mid Century Nail Art In A Celestial Theme
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.
Smooth Bright Orange Paint on Metal Art
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.
Upcycled Metal Chair Rung
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.
Decanted Alkyd Resin
With the VOC concerns around solvents in general, oil based paint is getting harder to find. In fact most locations only have oil base paint for rust preventative finishes. Because of the EPA regulations they name these products rust preventative and don’t even use the name paint in the product name. Also, the number of colors available for these pants is rather limited now as the waterborne paints are taking over the market. I like to use these on my metal sculptures and I preferred to spray them on to get a smooth finish. When I use the sprayer I can mix colors to any shade or finish I want. I deliberately mix up too much paint because I have found a way to recycle the alkyd resin that makes up the adhesive of oil based paints. With this, I can add the oil to a dry pigment of my choosing and reuse it to paint other sculptures.
Let Sit So Pigment Will Settle
The process to do this is extremely simple and straightforward. After you have spray applied or brush applied your alkyd paint, The remaining paint simply gets thinned more so with a volatile solvent such as VM&P Naptha or Acetone. Then you allow the mixture to set a week or two and the pigment will sink to the bottom. You can pour off liquid portion and filter with cheese cloth if necessary. Or, you also can leave everything together while the more volatile components evaporate. If need be, you can speed up evaporation with a shop crock pot no longer used for cooking to drive off solvent.
Separated And Concentrated Alkyd Medium
The photo above with the dark reddish brown liquid demonstrates what a clean alkyd medium will look like after pigment separation and solvent evaporation. The manufacturers somewhat pre-send the pains so this alkyd medium undoubtedly has less volatile solvents and it already such as heavy mineral spirits etc. even with additives is still comes out as a fairly viscous liquid.
Testing As A Simple Varnish
I found a piece of pine scrap wood and just simply get up some paint thinner in a brush to apply the Alkyd oil as a varnish. It really does not need to be thinned as this mixture has some thinner already on it. I purposely overthinned first coat so wood would absorb it. Then I brushed on straight Alkyd on top. Interesting that when applied, it seems nearly colorless. Next, I will attempt to disperse a pigment into the Alkyd oil.
Bold Abstract Metal Wall Panel
As a metal artist, it might be tempting to feel that you have to weld and braze everything that you joined together. I would like to say that is not always the best case. There are a number of cold connections that can be used to join metal satisfactorily for decorative purposes. You could even incorporate The fasteners as part of the decor. One main advantage of using cold connections such as rivets and nuts and bolts, is that you can paint separate modules separately and assemble without worrying about masking or any other challenges or difficulties in painting. Take for instance the metal panel in the top photo the total sculpture weighs about 8 pounds in the rivets show no sign of giving .
Two Finished Modules Ready for Assembly
In the above photo,you see two modules that have been pre-drilled and painted. In this sculpture I will be using pop rivets to join the two modules and they will be hidden from display. This allows me to make a clean professional connection without a visible weld bead or spatter. Also, I was able to carefully paint each module separately and no masking tape was used.
Heavy duty Rivets and Gun
Normally when using rivets most people think of aluminum pop rivets. The modulesin this sculpture where rather heavy. I used steel rivets instead. These are fairly substantial difference as can be seen in the photo above. They are meant for holes a quarter inch in diameter and they have a grabbing power of up to 3/8 of an inch. The heavy duty rivet gun requires two hands to operate and a little white bottle captures the pens as they snap off. I am very happy with this operation as it created a very rugged and secure way of joining fairly heavy pieces of metal together. I will be doing more of this in the future.