Three Steel Cubes Painted Pearl Blue
This brilliant iridescent blue three cube contemporary metal sculpture my latest creation. It consist of three different sized cubes made from 1/8″ steel plate welded in 3D hollow forms with an oxygen acetylene torch. You can read more about the process here. It does take practice to do this efficiently. It is a combination of choosing right welding tip size for optimum heat output as well as the correct travel speed to minimize warping the hollow forms.
This sculpture was carefully assembled to get the most of the angles and perspectives available. To add to the bold arrangement of three dimensional shapes, a pearl blue mica paint job was applied to the cubes. This helps to accentuate the dimensional qualities of the piece. To elevate the cubes, a stand was created with 1/4″ thick steel plate and a 5/8″ round rod. This stand is painted gloss black so the iridescent pearl blue cubes are able to stand out more.
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.
Iridescent Topcoat Applied
In the first part of this blog entry on Whimsicle Curves and Spirals, I covered the welded construction followed by a base coat to tone the finish. By far the most spectacular result was observed while airbrushing the magenta Pearl Ex onto the magenta base coat. Note the hot pink shade with purplish iridescence in the photo below.
This really brings focus to the sculpture. The interior supporting curve needed a pearl finish but more subdued. The Createx pearl blue airbrush paint was well suited for this task.
Continuing in my theme of using different colors for the bases, I applied a Createx silver pearl to the base. Not as reflective as I like yet still nice. I first dry brushed a grey base coat to assist with bonding and toning of the top coat.
Pearl Lime Sphere
Originally, I was just going to paint the solid steel ball gold. Seeing that the base was silver, I thought it would dull the effect of the eye popping fushia spiral I worked so hard to create. I remembered I had a small bottle of pearl lime airbrush paint. This stuff looks fluorescent it is so bright. It blows most golds right out of the water.
This colorful sculpture will bring bling to any decor. It is available in my Etsy shop.
Eager to Create Metal Art
It just Christmas Eve and we have already experienced several nights in the single digits and a few snowstorms with a total of nearly a foot of snow. Thankfully not all at once 😉 . Working on metal art outdoors without a garage is especially difficult in these conditions. I do feel it is going to be a long hard winter.
Well, being that it is quite cold when its not raining or snowing, I find myself look for scrap pieces I can readily assemble into my next works of art. That saves time freezing while cutting metal to size. I just tweak found scraps to conform to an idea then I zap them together with my flux core welder.
Take for instance the photo above, I have had the large fender washer ready for another project since Septemember that never materialized. The zigzag rod was me just messing around with my bench vise. The angled support plate was a scrap of left over 16 gauge that I cut a little to get straight edges. Put them together and you have the begining of a post modern meets art deco abstract composition.
Finding All the Right Pieces
Many times when I improvise a sculpture, it just happens that the creative process takes over and the rest of the composition seems to come together on its own. After I secured the rod and washer to the back plate, I found this quarter inch plate that was begging to be a base. So I welded it on with four strong welds.
Stay Tuned For Further Developments………