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  1. Thanks. I used JAX patina, you can get it on ebay.
  2. This is my latest sculpture, it is called The Roses and was inspired by the White Rose movement of Munich. The panels are made up of copper plate and mild steel and they are 1m or 40" tall, all completely riveted together.
  3. My client sent me these photo's, not studio quality but there you go.
  4. Thanks fellas. Unfortunately I did not get to photograph it before it found a new owner. I've been meaning to go get photos of it, as soon as I do I'll post them.
  5. This is a short film I made some time ago in collaboration with a young film maker Simon Watson. We filmed it over two days, making a sculpture from start to finish. The sculpture was not pre-designed, it was an Idea I had been think about for maybe a week. A lot of the time with sculpture I like to work from my head instead of drawings, it feels more natural that way. Hope you enjoy it.
  6. You are right, just looked at my photo's from the last time I was there back in 2007, thay are pass-throughs not collars. I stand corrected. But that dose not mean collars and unreliable. Wrought iron is a martial not a style. That's like saying the 60's was style. It has come to loosley mean traditional Georgian style forge work but it is still a misunderstanding of the term.
  7. I too live in the real world. I still have the first thing I made with forged collars, in fact I learnt to make them on that project and they have never budged. The largest protect I made using them was an arch, 12ft tall and 16ft wide, it is held together completely with collars and never moved. None of the collars I've made over my carrier have ever failed. The first ever Iron bridge in England is partly held together with collars. Johnathan may not be experienced, but he can learn. I've learnt most of my skills by putting it into customers work, it's a great motivator to getting it right. To be honest I've had people tell me traditional forged joinery was not reliable all my carrier but the proof is not just in my work it's in the multitude of fully forged work still doing it's job. Now I'm not telling Johnathan what he should do, if he wants to weld then collar that is his chose and is as lagitimate as not welding. But it's just not true to suggest collars are not safe, the evidence far out ways that view.
  8. Forged, I don't have a good enough belt grinder to do stock removal and I'm old school a bit, prefer forging it.
  9. In general rivets and collars do not need to be reinforced with welds, they are a proven method of joinery in steel and iron for thousands of years. I only use traditional joinery in all my work and have never had a failed joint. I don't know exactly what you mean by wrought iron style, but most customers that say that to me want scroll work, so I'll assume that's what you are talking about. The biggest tip on repeated scroll work is to get jigs made first. You can find plenty of how to advice on scroll jigs. It's amazing how with only three sizes of scroll you can fill huge panels, but if you want it to pop they need to be uniformed, which is what the jigs will do for you. For future reference wrought Iron is a material not a style. It's a common misconstruction but very important to blacksmith history. (Not trying to be preachy here, just informative)
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