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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 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
You used a invert form, or?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
No, i think i understand. Easy idea, much work....but an impressiv result :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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Dreamzanstuff Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
I absolutely love this!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner 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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thomasj7676 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
I can't add anything new: fantastic. And happy holidays.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner 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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thomasj7676 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007
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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