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  • #31
    reply to whatcha gonna do with that muskox

    Well, first I'm going to finish it, then sandblast it, then let it colour to a rich patina, then figure out how and where to display it for sale...it is International Polar Year...perhaps a good year to find a home for this piece. Artists work from their heart, not their head, so I have not thought too far ahead, but the pieces always find the right home eventually. I'll send more shots of it and my other work as I go along.

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    • #32
      corten steel

      You are quite correct, Dabar, in your description...it is a nickle-steel alloy and does just what you described.
      It is used to clad building sometimes and for underpasses.
      Hard for me to find in a workable guage..1/8th inch is my limit...if I need bends in a piece I have to cut the piece to size and do it manually...heating does not help..it is very 'springy'.
      That's why the moose and the filly are built like that...I piece the muscle groups rather than bending and hammering...but I think that shows the metal for what it is... it doesn't look like a wood carving...it looks like a big chunk of welded steel, powerful and beautiful.
      And I want good welds but not perfect long beads so you can sometimes see the edge of the material, and it speaks too.
      I'd love to see more art pieces on this site...I do not know one welder, no matter what they do, who does not also do a little bit of artwork on the side.

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      • #33
        art work

        weldress, this is as close to artwork as I can get. These tiles are 6"x6" hand painted ceramic and I build the frames for a friends mom to sell in her local garden club. This is just a couple that I have done and I try to do each one different for her. Dave

        P.S. maybe we should start an art only thread so that yours does'nt get hijacked
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        If necessity is the Mother of Invention, I must be the Father of Desperation!

        sigpicJohn Blewett III 10-22-73 to 8-16-07
        Another racing great gone but not to be forgotten.http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...modified&hl=en

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        • #34
          Defintion of Art

          Weldress: As another member has already said - WOW! Although I can't define art - I know fine art when I see it! Your work is most certainly that, and is the best I have ever seen.

          I now know why the folks at work refer to my "art" variously as paper weights, counter-weights, ballast....etc. Several of my more severe critics have suggested that I would be better off spending my time building a rack for my steel inventory, rather than welding it together and piling it up everywhere in random clumps!

          I must also mention that moose looks even better than the real thing, but I still think if you positioned it anywhere in Alberta during hunting season, I would really fear for its safety!

          Again, amazing talent!

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          • #35
            one shot of my wolves

            'I must also mention that moose looks even better than the real thing, but I still think if you positioned it anywhere in Alberta during hunting season, I would really fear for its safety!'
            [/QUOTE]

            Ah yes, but there WOULD be ricochet!

            .....and Dabar, what beautiful work to be a part of!
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            • #36
              all i can say is i hope you set the price high, realy high. you should have no truble getting it.
              thanks for the help
              ......or..........
              hope i helped
              sigpic
              feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
              summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
              JAMES

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              • #37
                lets see some of your art work is a cool post, it tends to go on for ever the one on the hobart board is huge!!! . lots nore back yard and living room art out there than you think. in all vevels of skill, realy neat to go threw and see all the stuff others have made. good for insperation alos.
                26 pages, located here, i wonder how long it would take us to top it.
                http://www.hobartwelders.com/mboard/...ad.php?t=19631
                Last edited by fun4now; 06-17-2007, 08:26 PM.
                thanks for the help
                ......or..........
                hope i helped
                sigpic
                feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
                summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                JAMES

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                • #38
                  Grizzlies

                  This is a shot of my Grizzlies as they are completed...the mother was done first and sandblasted to start the rusting of the Corten, and the cubs were just finished and put outside...therefore the colour is quite different...I will send shots of the finished piece.
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                  • #39
                    Grizzlies

                    Man-o-man, do this girl have talent or what?
                    Weldress, It's pretty hard to shut me up, but you keep leaving me speechless. Dave
                    If necessity is the Mother of Invention, I must be the Father of Desperation!

                    sigpicJohn Blewett III 10-22-73 to 8-16-07
                    Another racing great gone but not to be forgotten.http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...modified&hl=en

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                    • #40
                      Grizzlies installed

                      I have detail shots of this piece...7 sheets of four by 12 Corten, cut into 40,000 pieces and welded back together.
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                      • #41
                        i have worked with many female welders, and trained some to, i have no bad things to say about them , they worked harder than most men in my shop, and if they can do just as good a job, or better than my hats off to you

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                        • #42
                          thats prity cool.
                          40,000 pices.
                          do you just pre-cut 1,000 or so pices in a few basic shapes and add them as needed, or cut each one as needed ?? seems like precutting would work better but ya never know.
                          thanks for the help
                          ......or..........
                          hope i helped
                          sigpic
                          feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
                          summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                          JAMES

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                          • #43
                            cutting

                            I pre-cut a pile of shapes and catalogue them in shallow cartons so I can pick out what I need(sometimes shards 1/2 inch long) When I start running out of a certain size I cut for a few hours. I calculated 40,000 pieces for the bears by figuring out and average size of a cut piece and doing the math with 7 sheets of steel. Could be more. Artists are not great at math. If you look at this photo you can see a box of pieces and you can also see the small version of the bears beside me...I make that first so I can work out the details before I get into trouble with the big one.
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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by weldress View Post
                              'I must also mention that moose looks even better than the real thing, but I still think if you positioned it anywhere in Alberta during hunting season, I would really fear for its safety!'
                              Ah yes, but there WOULD be ricochet!
                              .....and Dabar, what beautiful work to be a part of![/QUOTE]


                              I am very familiar with ricochets as they seem occur quite close to me every time I fire up the old Trail Blazer to engage in my "art work"! Beats me as to why...? I guess I'm lucky that my critics shoot like I weld!

                              And by the way, those grizzlies - AWESOME! - AWESOME! - AWESOME!

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                              • #45
                                weldress, Everyone I have shown your sculptures to have all had the same amount of amazement you've given me. Outstanding work on all of these, but, I would have to say the grizzlies are my favorites so far. Dave
                                If necessity is the Mother of Invention, I must be the Father of Desperation!

                                sigpicJohn Blewett III 10-22-73 to 8-16-07
                                Another racing great gone but not to be forgotten.http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...modified&hl=en

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