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Invocation. detail by ou8nrtist2 Invocation. detail by ou8nrtist2
Headshot of Invocation showing close work of welded stainless discs.
Winner: Plaza Art "92" Purchase Prize, City of Mountain View ,California
Model:NIKI
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NikitaTarsov Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
You used a invert form, or?
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ou8nrtist2 Mar 28, 2011  Professional
I use molds taken off the live model.
There's a fairly good explanation of my technique on this piece:
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feel free to ask more questions if this is not clear...
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NikitaTarsov Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
No, i think i understand. Easy idea, much work....but an impressiv result :)
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ou8nrtist2 Mar 29, 2011  Professional
Thank you Nikita.
Indeed it is allot of work,but my desire for the completed image in my head, manifested in the metal drives me...
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NikitaTarsov Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Drive on:)

A far friend of mine handforged a skeletonized, sitting Gargoyle with almost realistic anatomy......:omfg:

I know from the far what you mean:(

Next live i skill craftwork :)
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:icondreamzanstuff:
I absolutely love this!
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ou8nrtist2 Mar 23, 2010  Professional
The City of Mountain View bought the piece in 1993 and I was quite shocked and pleasantly surprised that in spite of the fact that it's a relatively anatomically accurate nude they wanted it anyway...
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:iconthomasj7676:
I can't add anything new: fantastic. And happy holidays.
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ou8nrtist2 Dec 24, 2007  Professional
Finally,
someone who knows about enameling!!!!
I've been waiting,what on earth took you so long...LOL
I'm desperate to know how I can enamel on stainless steel.
I can see that it would be the sweetest addition to some of my jewelry pieces,but I'm working mostly in stainless.
Have you done this process before?
I know it can be done .
The stainless piece needs a special acid etch surface treatment first I believe...
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:iconthomasj7676:
Actually, I have only enameled a few silver-coated steel blanks, but it is perfectly possible to enamel steel, as commercial pots would indicate. You have to match the coeffients of expantion for the glass & metal. The manufacturer has expansion charts & suggestions for the various types of stainless steel from the 300 series & 400 series. You should know the exact type of steel (i.e. 330 SS or 431 SS) & that will tell you the coeffiency of expansion. I think that you just oxidize the metal then fire the enamel over the oxidation - the exact opposite of copper or silver.
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