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Forged Hollow Tubing Samples by ou8nrtist2 Forged Hollow Tubing Samples by ou8nrtist2
These are forged twist samples from 1" and 3/4" STAINLESS STEEL square tubing.The tubing wall is .065 nominal thickness so great care must be made not to heat the tubing too much(or it will crack and/or decompose).After the forging (with the oxy-acetylene torch)the tubes become naturally blackened. I polish ONLY THE HIGH POINTS which brings out the pattern even more.
One of the advantages of using square tubing over solid square bar is that the corners are already radiused.This gives an added tactile appeal and lends itself well to applications as a grip or handle of some kind.
The smaller of these two samples will become a grip for a dagger(I think)and the other is slated to be made into a narrow DOOR KNOCKER designed to fit on a 6"wide trim on the side of a door jamb.The client wants a door knocker but there's a glass fanlight in the middle of her front door so this particular SITE SPECIFIC door knocker will be mounted on the narrow jamb.
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biwaroses Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
The top one really reminds me of a piece of crumpled leather or canvas
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional
I had a new idea about trying to make letters with sections of the crumpled form,if I can control the deformations a bit more. The result may look like Art Nouveau Style.
We'll see if I can pull it off...
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kuzy62 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is amazing what you do with stainless steel....such a difficult medium and you make it look so easy!!! Bravo!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional
Thank you,
And this (lower)piece will be the focus of my work today.
Hopefully i can get this door knocker thingy shaped...
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Professional
this is so very cool
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Professional
Thanks Bear,
I'm in the process of forging the lower piece into a scroll which will be a narrow door knocker,mounted on the 6"side jamb of a front door.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Professional
That sounds cool
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T-Thomas Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010   General Artist
dark vs light is magical
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional
I agree.
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nativeart Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very cool design you get with these.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional
Yes,
I'll be exploring and exploiting these as a decorative motif in the months to come...
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BOXCJewelry Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
Very painterly. Reminds me of the song ripple. I wish I were small enough to swim in this one!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional
When you say "painterly",do you think I've used too much photo-shop treatment on the image?
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BOXCJewelry Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
oh no not at all. I meant the ebb and flow of the metal itself. Very smooth like it was flowing in the wind. :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional
How cool.
Thank you.
I've spent a lifetime trying to get wrest organic shapes from metal.
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bruno999 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Not to speak for her/him, but I think the statement means that it looks painted, the way a sateen ribbon would catch the light, if represented in an oil painting. I get the same feeling. It's beautiful and paint/ photo worthy.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional
Thank you Bruno,
I am most pleased with that aspect...
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RNDmodels Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
polishing just the higher surfaces ads a whole new dynamic, especially if the polishing 'fades' rather than a harsh line to the surrounding surfaces.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional
And if the polished parts are brought up to a high sheen...
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CrysallisCreations Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
this is visually entertaining!! :D
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional
I think it is pregnant with possibilities for jewelry in the smaller dimensions.
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CrysallisCreations Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: agree!! Should be rather interesting.....
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Skipyau Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
Very visually interesting.

Sounds like it's a bit precarious to form.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional
All forging of stainless steel is tricky.
The learning curve is steep,but the mistakes teach much and I've gained a modicum of control through my "experiments" of the past few years.
The tremendous advantage the torch provides is the ability to localize the heat and thus control the deformations all the more.
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Skipyau Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
Hm, well that makes sense. :)

I've been wanting to begin learning metal-working for quite some years now, just never had the space or time.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional
It does take a certain amount of commitment...
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Skipyau Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
Well of course, to be an artisan is a life commitment.
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