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Arch of Triumph by ou8nrtist2 Arch of Triumph by ou8nrtist2
Life size figure.
Welded steel industrial punch parts.

Technique:
I start with thin shell molds taken off the live model. In this torso,4 sections. I use Johnson& Johnson Specialist Wrap which is cotton gauze impregnated with plaster,activated by hot water. The models body is lubricated with spray suntan oil after all hair is removed so that the molds will not stick. After the very thin and fragile casts have hardened by air drying for 24 hours,I go about the tedious process of reinforcing the outer surface (of the molds)with more layers of wrap and liquid plaster. Eventually the molds are reinforced enough to remain intact even with the heat of welding and the considerable weight of the steel bits,(in this one about 100 lbs). At this point I'm ready to start placing the bits of scrap steel and MIG weld (wire feed) them together making sure each piece sits flush against the inside surface of the mold. In this labor intensive way the form is slowly built up and the full figure revealed.
Depending on the thickness of the scrap steel bits used, (in this instance they are 3/6 thick),the final welded form can be VERY stout,stout enough to use as an armature and forge another layer of metal OVER this form. That is what I did with my piece titled "Form Follows Function".
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It has been forged and hot hammered over this piece then after the whole figure enclosed, it is cut away and re-welded into a new sculpture...
I am currently using this form to make a third sculpted figure but this time in scrap 1/8th inch thick sheet silicon bronze.
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:iconxspawnsx:
xspawnsx Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Student
awesome!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Professional
Thank you!
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:iconxspawnsx:
xspawnsx Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Student
most welcome :)
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:iconradisus:
Radisus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
really great job
suppose moulding was fun :)
but dont trust you shape of tits
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Professional
Yes!
You are absolutely right.
The breasts were an add-on later,and they do not fit.
I've got to redo them...
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hannah-m-bella Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
this is so gorgeous! :D
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional
Thanks again Hannah.
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:iconhannah-m-bella:
hannah-m-bella Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
:D !
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:iconlindarherzog:
LindaRHerzog Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
Very nice!
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Professional
Thank you Linda !
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:iconwillofthewisp:
willofthewisp Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks "nipples" when I see steel punch-outs.
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Professional
Ha!
No you're not the only one...LOL
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:iconwillofthewisp:
willofthewisp Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
I have little brass ones all over my bench right now.
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:iconfrigid-flames:
Frigid-Flames Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
i love these welded figures. if only i was rich, i'd buy them all:)
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Professional
If we both live long enough Cameron,
maybe you will be...
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:iconfrigid-flames:
Frigid-Flames Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
ha yeah, wouldn't that be a trip
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:iconfeybles:
Feybles Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009   Artisan Crafter
What a wonderful capture of strength, beauty and triumph indeed! So joyous. :) great work!
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional
Thank you Nel...
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:iconfeybles:
Feybles Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009   Artisan Crafter
You're welcome hon. :)
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:icondemoiselecristalisee:
OH WOW this is so well done and amazing piece of work..
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional
thank you Vicky...
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
It it an optical illusion, or did the model really have breasts that tiny and perky?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional
Your comments remind me,
that I need to rework those breasts.
I know they're not completely convincing.
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
They do seem to be proportionally too small for the rib cage. Not that I haven't seen women with breasts that were not in proportion, either large or small.
It's better than what I could have done, anyway. Realism kicks my ass....
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional
I have since dropped the urge to improve upon Nature...at least to that degree.LOL
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle:
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional
Here's the model for that piece:
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:iconsubtronik:
subtronik Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
Nice.

When was this done?
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional
fifteen years ago...
somehow I missed uploading it to DA until now...LOL
This is the armature on which I forged the most recent figure called "Form Follows Function".
I covered this figure completely with forged 1/8th inch plate,hammering the Be-Jesus out of it to stretch the steel to simulate taught skin over muscle,then cut it off the form,re-welded it back together and smoothed out the welds so it looks seamless.I'm currently doing the same process again with bronze sheet. That way the final figure can be outside...
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