Mid Century Starburst Key Holder

mid century key holder

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.

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Cut Nail Sculpture with multicolored accents

Multicolored accents on steel nail sculpture
 
I found it was time to make a bigger braze welded sculpture. To enhance this sculpture I chose steel accents painted in brilliant multicolored metallic colors.  These where airbrushed over the primed geometric accents.  These, along with the brazed nail support, where sealed with a gloss lacquer finish to enhance the metallic finishes.  This sculpture is available in my Etsy shop.
 
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When I made this sculpture, I attached mounting hooks so it could be wall mounted either horizontally or vertically to increase versatility.  Mounting this vertically will get you the most decorative impact when horizontal space on a wall may be limited or if you need to change the perspective in your decor.
 
 
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Near Perfect Circle Without Plasma Cutter!
 
All these accents were meticulously HAND CUT with an angle grinder.  No plasma cutter or water jet was used!  The circle above looks perfect but it is not.  I was designed with a $2 compass, a Sharpie and was cut manually from 16 gauge steel sheet.  The lines were maintained and after cutting as close as possible to the lines without removing them, the shape edges where grinded to the lines. 
 
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Controlled Spraying Creates Interesting Effects
 
The metallic paints where applied with a single stage airbrush.  Two or more colors were sprayed on the accents to give interesting shading and contrast effects. Take note that the single stage airbrush lacks the precision and the finesse of a two stage aribrush with a trigger assembly.

Brass covered nail project part 2

 

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Project coming to form

The nail project is gaining momentum an now I have a representation of the larger finished peace.  There a few interesting design elements here.  There is a elongated rectangular form that strangly resembles a picket fence.  There is a different square and reactanguler pattern made by joining nail heads to the side of a perpendicular nail.  Then there are the fork tine design which really draw attention to the horizontal plane of the art work.  I am conetmplating a crown of verticle forks to really offset the piece.

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Getting the brass to lay down smooth takes some practice.  You must not overheat the nails as this will cause the zinc in the brass to boil away and also will cause extensive oxidation to the nails as well.