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.
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.
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.
Fun Colors For a Fun Sculpture
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.