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  1. The bar has been raised 100 fold!!!  A true exercise in surface textures relating to the scale of the piece, and once again graceful lines from every angle. You've made tons of metal look light as a feather!

  2. I hope you can get pictures up because your method of sculpting seems very similar to mine. I agree with Frosty in applauding you taking a pay hit for something you feel worthy - it's just a shame that artists seem to take that hit more than others.

    I can't recommend an easier method other than sculpting it in clay and having a foundry do a casting. It sounds like your budget and time won't allow that...

    Best of luck and may your hammer strike true!

  3. Thanks for the positive response everyone. This was a lot of work with a quick deadline but it paid well. I try to never work with metal thinner than 1/8" so I can grind out hammer marks and still have a substantial amount of metal left.


    I seem to get work from them when they win a Super Bowl, hope they don't find out we're a Steelers household! My wife is from Pittsburgh.... :D

  4. Hey everyone,


    Here's the other part of the job I did for the Baltimore Ravens. There is a pub on the concourse and they wanted two sculptures of bird legs for the outside of the pub.

    The sculptures are fabricated from 1/8" stainless steel that has been hot and cold formed depending on the complexity of the shape. I started with a drawing (which eventually changed) blown up to the finished size of approximately 5'6" tall. The first pictures show my technique, I cut out shapes in paper, transfer them to the stainless, cut out with plasma cutter, then hammer to shape. Then I draw out the texture on the shape with marker and then carve with an 1/8" diameter ball shaped burr. I tack the shapes as discreetly as possible on the front side, then flip and do the final welds on the back. The finish is stainless black from Sculpt Nouveau rubbed back with scotch brite for an aged look. Sealed with 2 coats of Clear Guard to prevent finger prints.


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  5. Thanks Jim, I was very fortunate to have clients who wanted design over security. I like the gate pic you attached, although I would have made it a foot taller- somebody could climb right over it! :D

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