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Art Nouveau Fruit Bowl by ou8nrtist2 Art Nouveau Fruit Bowl by ou8nrtist2
Made from scrap parts from laser cutting.
Welded stainless steel.

This piece is available.
Note me for pricing.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Professional
I'll have to check my catalog to be sure ,but I think it's $350.oo
Thank you for the compliments...
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miskis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
one mans trash? :) Wonderfully inventive and a stunning piece.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Professional
Thought I recognized your moniker...
Thank you,thank you,thank you...
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miskis Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007
You are very welcome!!
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chrislea Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
It's so beautiful, I wouldn't think it'd come from 'scrap'. <3
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007  Professional
Thank you chrislea,
About 80% of my pieces are made from scrap...
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nativeart Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
You say laser cut pieces. Are you meaning laser or plasma? I've seen plasma cutters that cut sheet steel and I've looked at lasers for that but the cost of the lasers is just out of this world. What sort of a set up do you have?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007  Professional
Out of this world is relative...LOL
I DO mean laser cut,but not by me personally. I mean outsourced to a facility that is set up to do that exclusively.
They are expensive machines to be sure and require constant care and maintenance as well as a competent programmer to do the computer work to control the beast. But it is more accurate and accomplishes a finer kerf or cut than plasma cutting.
I also have allot of my very intricate designs WATERJET CUT (the newest technology). This method does not burn the edge the way laser cutting does,so there is zero heat distortion of the piece.Also you can't laser cut bronze or copper in any thickness as the light reflects back and burns out the laser. So the waterjet method is the alternative.
The laser cut pieces for this fruit bowl were the left over SCRAP from cutting these curly shapes from big sheets of metal(used as decorative screens at a Nordstroms someplace). I just saw the potential for using them in this way,cold formed them to the requisite curve and welded them together...
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nativeart Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
Very true, I think the machines I saw for laser cutting any sort of thickness of metal started at about 150K to me that is out of this world for a machine that I wouldn't be using at least 12-15 hours everyday. And since I've not got that sort of budget for a machine period nor do I want to spend all my time cutting metal it is totally out of the question. Ok so you outsource it that makes more sense. Interesting that copper and bronze are more reflective than stainless? The waterjet sounds interesting. Is there some abrasive in the water or just water? Sounds pretty wet and wild to me. At least heat shouldn't be a big issue either. I always wondered about melting the metals with laser but figured that you would end up with a nice smooth edge since it was burned through. But it leaves an undesirable burn? Hmm very interesting. My big problem is I'm interested in too many things and don't have time for trying them all nor the funds to experiment with so many things. I'm a porcelain person myself and have lots of experience with that but still learning even there. Have done a bit of metal smithing, some casting, etc. and lots and lots of reading about things. You do some very cool art.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007  Professional
Thank you again Marsha,
The water jet has a slury of microscopic garnets which are shot at high pressure through a very tiny aperture. It cuts 1 inch glass like butter. Stone,stainless,masonry,pretty much anything...
the problem with the laser is that it leaves a very sharp edge often,that needs to be ground or polished ,as well as the heat thing.
There is also laser welding now which I need to learn a bit more about.
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nativeart Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
I thought there must be some sort of abrasive in that water jet. So is the water re-captured and re-used as well? This water jet sounds like a pretty cool piece of equipment I suppose its god awful expensive too. You have this one or contract that out too? Gee nothing like 40 questions. Sorry I'm a curious sort.

I saw a little laser spot welding thing at the Rio 'Catalog in Motion' year before last and it was a pretty cool little machine. Looked like a breeze to use. But even just the little table top one they had there was like $10K I could see how if I had a big jewelry shop or something it could easily pay for itself. Much quicker and more secure than soldering, no danger of melting anything. Worked more akin to a fancy electric stapler. You just put the stuff under the spot and push the button and zap all done. It was just too cool. Or maybe I should say hot. Of course it was just doing spots I'm sure they also have ones that would weld continuous lines and the like but they probably aren't really jewelry tools so wouldn't be shown at that sort of a show.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Professional
Yes the water is recycled,and I farm out allot of stuff for that. It's actually a little less expensive than laser cutting. The machine was $150,000 I think.
Laser welding machines are still too expensive for anything but production work ,but like all solid state electronic devices,they start high but after a few years the prices fall pretty dramatically.
There's really ALLOT of new trick technology for metal fabrication. I try to stay on top of it but it changes so rapidly and most of it is for production work not for art...FABRICATOR MAGAZINE is a wealth of info but it's all industrial...
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Heartion Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You work in a metal fab shop? I was just started working for one about a month ago. I love working with metal.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional
My studio at home is a fab shop.
Fabrication in regards to sculpture, usually means the parts are assembled (by welding) as opposed to casting (foundry).
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Heartion Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
ha. Well that's convenient. :P So, each of those metal punches, you made?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Professional
Sorry, got confused on which piece we were talking about.
THESE parts are scrap from laser cutting. These are also drops ie what's left after the sheet has been cut.
So one can imagine this large sheet of stainless with these shapes cut from it. They obviously begged for something to be made from them. They also cut the same shape from a steel sheet. I made the figure "Topographic Emotions" from those pieces.
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camilah Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
:heart:Very cool. I love this pic.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional
Thank you camilah.
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camilah Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
Your welcome:)
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JetJames Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Great design and created beautifully :D :thumbsup:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007  Professional
Thank you Jet,
I just love the Finn Bros. music...
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JetJames Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
nothing beats crowded house :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional
I saw them on the polo field in San Francisco in about 1994. Their harmonies were so beautiful it put a chill up my spine.
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dukecrescent Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
Here again is a wonderful example of the fine work you do... Awesome! Hows the music comming along? I am almost done with my home studio area. Peter
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007  Professional
Glad you asked ,because it reminds me,
I need some kind of new multi-track digital recorder. Four tracks would probably be enough.
I'm finally using my Korg Toneworks pedal effects unit to advantage,getting the heavier sounds I've wanted for some time.
I've got some really good pickups in all my acoustic guitars and can play late at night with headphones without disturbing my housemates.
Is there a decent relatively inexpensive recorder for multitracking you would recommend ?
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dukecrescent Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
I have a few questions for you are you on a mac or PC, because I have computer software I can send you a copy and all you would need is a audio interface, I have programs for them both Mac and PC. Before I can install Digital Performer on my MAC I have to upgrade the OS. Cubase is also a good program I have that for MAC / PC But I use Garageband all the time because like all these programs you can do sound on sound. I use a computer as apposed to a dat machine or a reel to reel. Check Craigslist for CA also and ebay. HarmonyCentral is a great place for product reviews. Get back to me when you can I will be home all day today 8/18/07
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007  Professional
I've got a PC but it's maxed out because of my huge image files.
Music will take up too much space I think.
I (think) it would be more convenient to have a small recorder wouldn't it? plus I play in a different room than my office...
I have a friend who will GIVE me any audio program(he's a recording engineer). I should ask his advice too.
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dukecrescent Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
I was offering because most of the time others have helped me so I like to do for others as things were done for me. But yes talk with your friend have him make some suggestions on your set up and what and how because with the computer you don't loose the highs and the lows that you do on tape. Well hears a great book for you "sound Recording Advice" By J. J. Volanski. Awesome book! Peter
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional
Thank you as always Peter,
I'm doing so much layering ,it might not even matter if I lost some highs and lows ,but my friend will certainly know.
There are so many parallels with what I do to photography.
By the way I just bought a new Olympus 770 SW strictly for pool shoots. I can't wait to use it...
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dukecrescent Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Stephen:
Funny that you say this because I find that weather it is music, art or whatever the process is very much the same. Good luck and I wish you loads of fun and creativity with your new camera. I look forward to the next work you post, I really enjoy what you do...
Peter
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Ugrik Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
Nice work and design. i wish i had access to somekind of advanced cutting machinery...
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007  Professional
You will,
The prices on the plasma cutters continues to drop. Mine cost less than $2000.oo US.
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