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Chiton,side view by ou8nrtist2 Chiton,side view by ou8nrtist2
This is a chiton. A marine browser that travels slowly across undersea rocks eating algae and leaving a clean trail in it's wake. It has an eight segmented plate armor structure that has always fascinated me. The underside has strong muscles that cling tightly in strong current or if molested.
I have taken some liberties in making it an art piece and exaggerated the spiky axis structure, but it is based on a real species indigenous to Vancouver Island and as far North as Alaska. The one I speak of has bright orange coloring and pronounced spikes ,deeply incised with a chevron pattern...
I've identified it as:
Tonicella Lineata

Welded bronze,(underside) to stainless steel(topside).
The plates started out as scrap oval shapes from the laser cutter.(notice the telltale CERF(cut) on the side edge of some of the plates).
Length-5 inches overall.

SOLD Jan 29,2011
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:iconfeldrand:
feldrand Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
yes. yes, yes - love it... :D
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VandaLann Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Wow beautiful!
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional
Thank you LeAnn...
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:iconvandalann:
VandaLann Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
You forgot an e... :D
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional
It's misspelled on your homepage...
My apologies LeeAnn.LOL
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:iconvandalann:
VandaLann Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Nope it's not. :P
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional
OMG you mean I left it off the end...
So sorry,I'll get it right eventually.LOL
LeAnne-There,did I get it right now?
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:iconvandalann:
VandaLann Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Yeah that's right, sorry if it seemed I was giving you a hard time for it. I ment it in jest. :)
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional
No problem.
a name should be spelled right...
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RuneKatashima Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
This picture has been used by me more than once to explain things. I just love the overlapping plates. Thanks for this :3
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Professional
Then you honor me Cary.
If we were all taught to REALLY observe the Natural world when we were kids then the realization of the sanctity of all life would be self evident at an early age...
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Diarment Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
I really like how this figure.
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional
Thank you Rafa...
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:icondiarment:
Diarment Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Your welcome
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Uratz-Studios Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah.. haven't seen that word "Chiton" for a long time. I've created a comic book character back when I was a kid called "Chiton" he was cool and had "Chitinous Exoskeletal Armor"
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional
Wow Michael,
That sounds cool.
your shoulder armor actually looks similar to the chiton;
[link]
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:iconuratz-studios:
Uratz-Studios Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah I didn't even noticed. But Yeah I like those kinds of shapes scalloping armor. Its cool!
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efioramonti Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Love Chitons and your interpretation is beautiful!
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional
Thank you kindly.
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back2root Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is so beautiful... I love it!
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional
Hey Rob,
Thank you!
I'm groovin on a bunch of your pieces as well.
You said your guitar was carved from hard lime. What it hard lime?
Oh,and I love the melting table.
I've spent a lifetime trying to get an organic look in metal.Organic Style Design is what i live for.
Nice to see someone else that has also been bitten by the bug...LOL
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SeurAaron Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
Wow. I like this. It has a sinmplicity that I find quite enjoyable. What did you use to join the stainless to the bronze?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Professional
Hey Aaron,
The bronze is silicon bronze(98%copper)with a smidgen of silicon. The silicon allows it to be welded DIRECTLY to stainless steel with the MIG wire feed welder.Even many lifelong welders are unaware of this fact since most initially learn industrial techniques and bronze is not considered a "structural"material.
Silicon bronze can be welded to stainless steel using the MIG process in two ways.
First,by using stainless steel wire and a tri-mix shielding gas(commercially available as Stargon)as I've done with this piece,or by running silicon bronze wire using straight argon as a shielding gas. The secondary approach creates more spatter and is not quite as strong a bond.
I have many pieces where I have welded these dis-similar metals together.
Here's another:
[link]
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SeurAaron Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
I think I understand. The silicon acts as a internal flux within the structure of the bronze alloy raising the melting/fusion temperature makeing the metals act more similarly from a technical standpoint. I wonder if this idea can be applied to other metals. I think I remember someting about the Japanese folding together bronze, gold, and silver.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional
The Japanese method,Makume gane is a completely different process involving diffusion bonding.
[link]
The process of welding stainless steel to sili-bronze is an ARC WELDING process and has more to do with molecular compatibility than matching temperature.
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Dragoonfliy Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely lines...
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Professional
Thank you so much...
It was difficult to choose just one image to portray the beast because there were so many wonderful views,each offering something different...
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Dragoonfliy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. Especially with such a fluid shape. I doesn't just go in one direction.
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subrythem Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
shit looks sik bro' great work, i love marine life=)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Professional
Me too.
Stay tuned,
you know how art imitates life.
I'm currently trying to make limpets and barnacles in stainless.
I've got the limpet,now have to work out the barnacles.
Will post soon.
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AaronsDesk Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, very cool, I can see why that animal is an inspiration, what a fantastic shape! :+fav:

That stainless looks fairly thick, it must have been a pain to shape it so smoothly? (the end result is well worth it though) and the blueing/colouring on the plates is very nice, as is the 'rough' edges of the cuts.
Also the balanced shape of this and the way it stands freely is genius!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Professional
The bronze plate on the underside is even thicker than the stainless top plates.
I just got a bunch more scrap ellipses in stainless which is the raw material from which these spiky plates were made.
So I'm now pondering what armored critter to make next...
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:iconaaronsdesk:
AaronsDesk Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm... I'm sure you'll come up with something!
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Line-of-Birds Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
did you try this [link] ?
I hope it helps. This is a stunning piece! I have always loved chiton(s?) too.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Professional
Yes,and thank you.
The tonicella lineata was what inspired me though I took some liberties with the spiky back...
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Line-of-Birds Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
-and you're welcome!
:+devwatch:
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redpandachainmail Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008   Interface Designer
Holy crap this is awesome!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Professional
Thank you,,,LOL
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:iconvegvisir:
Vegvisir Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008   General Artist
Hey man! This is great! It really has movement to it! Very attractive and impressive work as always! :sun:
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Professional
Hey Brent,
Good to hear from you.
I just showed your gallery to my friend...very impressed.
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Vegvisir Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008   General Artist
Thanks Stephen! I appreciate that! I think everyone out here could learn something from you! You are an artist that I truly admire and respect! Thank you my friend!
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Tzel-ha-Lyla Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Far from simple! Even making blasted settings for stones can have its bad days.
This is one awesome piece.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Professional
Thank you Miriel...
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gumgod Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
very nice.
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Professional
Thank you Jason...
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Tar-Vanimelde Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
very very cool :D i love marine invertebrate-themed art, hehehe.

does [link] show the one you're thinking of?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Professional
It was Tonicella lineata that inspired the piece, however I went off in a different direction with the protruding spiky plates...
I plan to do an ACCURATE tonicella lineata featuring the heavily incised chevron pattern at some later date,and utilizing mixed metals to advantage I'll warrant.
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:iconrherdman:
rherdman Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
you make something so simple look so complex. Awesome work!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Professional
Ha,
not sure that's a compliment...LOL
I'd much rather be able to make something complex ,look simple...
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Muffinmalin Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
<3 pretty :)
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