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.
Assembly of parts
Most of the time consuming work is the actual cyclinder that holds the candles. Once that was formed and the welds were ground down, it was a matter of just simple assembly. The flat parts of the sconces were wire brushed with a wire brush cup on an angle grinder to ensure a paintable surface was achieved. After using 4 tack welds to attach the cyclinder holder to the 6″X 6″ square base, I used right angle magnets to hold them exactly square to the 6″ X 24″ back mounting plate. Then I place strategic tack welds on the bottom and top for support. I removed flux and wire brushed the now assembled sconces. Prior to painting, I wiped down the assemblies with denatured alcohol. I applied anti-rust white primer by spray and waited 48 hours.
Just before applying the finishing paint, I sanded the now dried and cured primer finish with 320 grit sand paper. After removing the dust, I had a very smooth surface with a good “tooth” for the topcoat. I applied the satin oiled bronze finish with a Preval Spray gun thinned with naphtha. All went well except for a few blemishes. I just let this all dry and the next day I just sanded everything down again with 320 grit sandpaper and removed the dust. I reapplied another coat of paint and it was so nice. I thought it was going to be gloss when it was wet but it dried to the nice even satin finish seen above.
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