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.

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Brazed Metal

 

 

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Accented Braze Nail Sculpture

A lot of my work revolves around braze  welded     square cut nails.  This concept was originally developed during the mid century movement in the 1950’s,1960’s, and 1970’s.  It has seen somewhat of a comeback. Personally, I love the aesthetic quality the brass joints contribute to the steel nails.  I put my own personal twist to this concept by creating and using my own accents.  The piece pictured above, Eames Era Accented Brazed Sculpture, is a perfect example.  I took a scrap piece of round steel bar, cutoff pieces of pipe, a rectangle of expanded sheet, and assembled them into unit that dominates the sculpture.

As can be seen, I stuck with the natural steel finish.  It is wire brushed in places and not others to combine to give both a polished and rustic finish.  A gloss lacquer finish is applied to protect.

Brazed Cut Nail Sculpture

Art from Square Cut Nails

 

During the 1950’s and 1960’s was the modern art era now affectionately referred to as midcentury. Becuase of the rise of technology and the excitement surrounding the space race. This gave rise to a more contemporrary art style with hard lines and geometric shapes. And with that movement we have art made from cut nails, or more commonly called, masonry nails. The wedge shape of these nails allows them to be welded
into countless arrangments. The most striking pieces are ones made by braze welding with a bronze brazing rod. This allows the natural contrast of the two metals steel and bronze to shine create a mood.
 

Adding Various Accents

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Creating dimensional wall sculptures with cut nails does produce an eye catching work of art.  But then again, what could possibly be wrong with a little of embelishment.  Take for instance this Eames Era wall hanging.  It features some verticle accents made from braze welding RG45 rod together.  Also, There are three strategically placed hemispheric accents that are actually fence pipe weld termination ends.  They are painted in three different colored metallic paints to draw in the focus on the piece.

A seven frame sculpture

7 frames When I made this, I wanted to create something different than I had before. So I made these frames with a nail going diagonally through them. I also included 3 semipheracle pipe ends as accents.

Creating work of smaller modules

3 stars This is where I wanted to create a set of smaller units. This way ideas that come from smaller pieces can be considered. These 3 stars have an ancient appeal to them for sure. I hand brazed each one and they can be arrange anyway you wish. This gives flexibility for people with a discerning eye for efficient use of space. The art is available at this Etsy listing. Just click and see more details

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.

Etsy Coupon for August

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Mid Century Nail Sculpture

There is a new Etsy coupon code for my shop for August in celebration of my newest work.  Every item in my shop JTB Metal Designs is 15% when you spend at least $30.  The coupon code is MIDCENTURYMADNESS and it expires August 31st 2013.

I recently uploaded my latest creation to my Etsy shop.  It is an Eames era Mid Century Modern Metal wall sculpture made from cut nails brazed together in a geometric formation.  This in turn is adorned with hand formed brass and copper decorative accents.

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.