Triple Cube Pearl Blue Sculpture

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Three Steel Cubes Painted Pearl Blue

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.

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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.

 

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Minimalist Robust Abstract Hand Welded Steel Sculpture

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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.

Unique Garden Sculpture

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Steel Garden Art

My latest creation is the unique Indoor/Outdoor garden steel sculpture pictured above.   It is of a natural steel colored finish in an abstract floral type shape.  I has several coats of clear coat to hold back the elements. The emerging summer season inspired me to create a sculpture that was distinctly metallic yet botanical style.  It should do well in any garden environment or even as a center piece on a dining room table.  Garden sculpture is another avenue I wish to explore in the styles of metal art I create.

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Heavy Duty Steel Base

Most of the weight of this composition is in the circular base that all the various length rods are welded to.  It might only be 5 inches in diameter but it is solid steel and up to 1 and a half inches thick at its thickest point.  No danger of this sculpture blowing away unless there is a nuclear explosion nearby!

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Unique Versatility

If you are looking for a unique kitchen organizer,  this sculpture might have something to offer you in the most unexpected way.  The rods are 3/8″ in diameter and can accommodate many kitchen utensils.  Although it is recommended you use this on an island or external counter top due to the wide span of the top of the sculpture.

 

This unique composition is one of a kind and available at my Etsy shop.

Industrial Assemblage For Your Tabletop or Bookshelf

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Metal Art With Textured Finish

I just completed this tabletop sculpture from miscellaneous scraps of steel I had lying around.  This is an industrial steampunk  sculpture made from a plate from a discarded garage door opener, a piece of square tubing,  hexagonal rod, and a remnant piece of channel from another project.  This was all arc welded together to form a handsome and bold sculpture.

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Arc Welded Industrial Assemblag

This first photo on the left is a closeup of the body of the sculpture.  The square tube is offset to the left to alloy the circular hole to be viewed unabstructed.  A hex bar scrap that was bent was added as an angular accent to bring balance to the composition.  On the right photo you can see the hex bar staff extending several inches above the plate.  This brings the total work to a height of 19 inches.  The sculpture is 6 inches wide at the widest point.  The piece of channel that is the base is approximately 3 inches by 4 inches.  For this sculpture and more, be sure to check out my Etsy shop!

Whimsicle Curves and Spirals Part 2

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Iridescent Topcoat Applied

In the first part of this blog entry on Whimsicle Curves and Spirals, I covered the welded construction followed by a base coat to tone the finish. By far the most spectacular result was observed while airbrushing the magenta Pearl Ex onto the magenta base coat.  Note the hot pink shade with purplish iridescence in the photo below.

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This really brings focus to the sculpture.  The interior supporting curve needed a pearl finish but more subdued.  The Createx pearl blue airbrush paint was well suited for this task.

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Continuing in my theme of using different colors for the bases, I applied a Createx silver pearl to the base.  Not as reflective as I like yet still nice.  I first dry brushed a grey base coat to assist with bonding and toning of the top coat.

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Pearl Lime Sphere

Originally, I was just going to paint the solid steel ball gold.  Seeing that the base was silver, I thought it would dull the effect of the eye popping fushia spiral I worked so hard to create.   I remembered I had a small bottle of pearl lime airbrush paint.  This stuff looks fluorescent it is so bright.  It blows most golds right out of the water.

This colorful sculpture will bring bling to any decor.  It is available in my Etsy shop.

An Iridescent Abstract Table Sculpture

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Vibrant Iridescent Glazes

I present this finished work as a followup to my post “Braving Bitter Cold to Create Metal Art”.  Although the Reflex Violet Pearl Ex mica pigment that was airbrushed looks cool, the real magic is the layers of blue green paint on the triangulated plate.  A base of opaque blue green was followed by various shades of turquoise and blue.  The  final touch was a glaze made from gloss acrylic medium and metallic blue green.

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Playful Golden Curve

The purple and the iridescent turquoise glaze are stunning for sure but a little on the cool side.  This sculpture needed a contrasting color for the curved accent.  The royal gold color answered this call well.  It is warm and sunny but not so blazing hot that is takes the focus away from the background.

 

In the past, I usually painted the bases to my table top sculptures gloss black.  This time I used phthalo blue.  The base will look great against a light colored marble surface.

This post modern table sculpture is available in my Etsy shop.

Whimsicle Curves and Spirals Part 1

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My Winter Creativity Binge Takes a Turn

In my last post regarding braving the elements I created a angular piece from scraps.  While I worked on that, I also put together the gem you see on the left in the photo above.  It is a whimsical spiral wrapping itself around a curved bar terminated in a solid steel ball.   I took a chance by forming the 2 inch wide strip of 16 gauge steel around a schedule 40  four inch diameter pipe.  I then stretched the spiral form out to lengthen and give more dimension.  I thought that I just as easily could have turned perfectly good steel into rubbish.

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Working Out the Weld Position

It was quite awkward welding the spiral onto the curved support.  I have never done anything quite like this.  Needless to say I dropped things a couple of times before I figured a way to hold it still long enough to tack them together.

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Attaching the Solid Steel Ball

The next endeavor changed the whole dynamics of the piece.  I welded on a solid steel ball one and one half inch in diameter on the end of the curved bar.  This might sound big but it is.  It weighs nearly 1 pound and causes the whole piece to wobble.  Just to stabilize it, I had the mount the composition onto a steel base 3/8″ inch thick!   I used a 3/8″ round rod to brace the piece into a vertical position.  Just see photo below.

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Fun Colors For a Fun Sculpture

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Well I went to the trouble to make this organic and playful piece.  Why not adorn it with colors to match.  I started off with some student acrylics to cover the primer and establish a base coat for the pearl paints that will be applied on top.  The colors show are roughly like the metallic pearls that will be placed over them.  This provides me an opportunity to study and evaluate various color combinations.   I must say that it is tempting to almost go with the regular colors.  Look forward to spraying the finishes on this sculpture.