Triskelus conveys my love of flowing curves, metal, sculpture and plants. I am happy I brazed the weld seams as it gives a lovely gold stripe.
I learnt a lot doing this piece. This was my first piece with so much brazing and I had some problems with so much heat input. It worked out nice in the end. The brazing is not perfect by any means but it is a piece I am very proud of that gets much attention when I show it.
I put a lot of time into polishing it with up to 600 grit flap wheel then buffing it. The polish is protected with several layers of automotive clear coat thanks to a friend. That helps with keeping the rust at bay when we are watering the plants.
It would just be nice to sell it now!
Next plant piece will incorporate more plant friendly features; watering system which I would like to be powered by a small solar cell and I really think they would be happier with more growing space.
It is around 3ft x 4 ft when it is oriented on the wall the way I like it to hang.
Thanks for looking.
Then I hammered the discs using an old gas cylinder bottom that had been cut and turned upside down for shaping. They were then welded in place.
All seems were back welded then brazed on the front. The piece distorted a bit but it works. This is my first time using a lot of brazing on a sculpture and the heat input got me.
All seams were brazed giving a double stripe alongside the bit of pipe rising above the sheet.
Cut parts for the pods, used flap disc and wire wheel to make them gorgeous and smooth. Welded them on.
Polished the whole thing using flap discs from 120 - 600 grit then buffing compound.
The whole thing was warmed under a heat lamp then hit with 3 coats of automotive clear coat to give a beautiful satin finish.
Then the plants went in.
Used plasma cutter to cut basic shape. Cut out the discs to be hammered. Bent the pipe to follow the lines. Started to weld in the pipe to the lines. starting at the top of each one and moving down each line. I had to use bar clamps to bring the gap together which gave me the nice curved top surface. I joined the pipe all the way to the edges.
3/16th Mild steel sheet, plasma cutter, 1/2" pipe, Oxy Acet rig, brazing rod, bar clamps to cinch it in, hammer for shaping, millermatic 180, Speedglass autodark, grinder, flap discs, spraygun. plants and soil!
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