Elegant Geometric Design With Square Steel Rods

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Dimensional Abstract Steel Art

A recent addition to my etsy shop is this simple beauty I constructed from 1/4″ square steel bar and sections of steel pipe.  The rods are all arc welded for maximum strength and color matching characteristics.  There are three distinct layers of rod intersecting at various points for added depth and multiple points of focus.  il_570xn-1493214640_meld

Artwork For Any Wall

Because of the natural brushed steel finish and pleasing lines, this wall decor looks good on any wall from a plain white painted wall to a textured stone or wood paneling decorated wall.  It is also coated with a durable rust preventative clear coat finish.  To get a chance of obtaining this one of a kind Dimensional Abstract Steel Wall Art, click on the link for more information or to browse my other items in my Etsy shop.

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Creating Geometric Sculpture

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Usually when using brazing to join steel and other metals together, I am working with rods,nails, or other small hardware.  The main theme on most of these has been mid century decor with emphasis on square cut nails.  It is only through handling of the brazing process that I am familiar with the smoothness of the weld beads.  Not have a TIG welding rig, I find brazing especially attractive as a method in construction of more conceptual metal art pieces.  Take my latest work in progress for example, I wanted to join thin 16 gauge steel squares and rectangles in a 3D space without having huge welds protruding with obnoxious weld spatter everywhere.

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The metal looks dirty and rather unattractive at this stage primarily because of the smoke, heat discoloration, and burnt flux.  Once clean, the brass brazing joints will glow gold against the shiny grey steel.  This alone will be an attractive finish with a rust preventing lacquer.   But there are many other finishing possibilities either covering or leaving the brass weld beads exposed.

Here are a few more views to appreciate the volume of the composition.

 

Mid Century Starburst Key Holder

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Mid Century Retro-style

If your decor needs a retro 1970’s style addition, then look no further than this mid century starburst key holder.  It was hand braze welded with an oxygen acetylene torch and is largely made up of masonry square cut nails.  The filler metal used was bare bronze brazing alloy.  A paste flux was used to prevent oxidation during heating.

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Brazed Masonry Nail Starburst

The second image captures a more closeup perspective of the functional art.  You will notice how the shiny bronze joints set themselves as quite a contrast to the gray steel near them.  Although this key holder may be considerably larger than my other key holders, I am quite pleased with this creation and I feel it is still quite comfortable to fit in any home or office.

Industrial Chic Steampunk Key Holder

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Steampunk Key Holder From Reclaimed Machine Gears

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.

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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.

 

 

Mid Century Design

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Mid Century or , more commonly, modern art was the significant movement in design that had its influence from the early 1930’s to around the mid 1960’s. That puts it pretty much following the art deco movement. Modernism saught to follow the organic forms of nature with simplistic shapes and forms.The modern movement was widespread as it influenced architecture globally and also furniture and art as well.

 

Furniture Design

 

Charles Eames Lounge chair A signifcant part of the modern design movement was seen in furniture. Take for instance this Eames lounge chair featured in this photo. Charles Eames and his wife Ray eames where cutting edge designers. Charles studied architexture at Washington University in St Louis where he met his wife. Together they developed many designs based on newly available materials like plastics and resins.
 
 

Modern Architecture

 

modern architecture Modern architecture is the design of buildings and homes in a simple unornamental design. The modern design for architecture is a look of science and technology. Usually, the designs entails the use of alot of glass, steel, and concrete.
 

Geometric Form

 

Mid century wall art The modern art movement in the middle of the last century was heavily inspired by the prospects of technological innovation. It represented a time when we were engaged in a space race and new space age materials where being produced like plastics, titanium, and superalloys. The lines and forms of this era where simple and, in many cases geometric. Many times, geometric form was used with striking color contrast that boldly engages anyone who enters the room.
 

Mid Century nails sculpture

 

Mid Century Nail Art A fairly common theme from the modern era is braze welded masonry nail art. This is one of my favorite mediums as i work in this quite often.
You can visit my brazed nail art lens to see what I have available.