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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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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007  Professional
I know I'll usually be dealing with SS 304 (foodgrade) unless there are other analysis that are better suited for the enamel process...
It's going to take some research and probably the purchase of a kiln,but I'm excited at the prospects.
Rene Laliques's Art Nouveau pieces have always been an inspiration to me,especially his use of mixed materials both precious and non precious together...
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Twitching Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
Holy crap. Awesome.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Professional
Thanks LOL...
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BrooklynMachineWorks Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Smokin dude! ..smokin!!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Professional
Holy shit,I just discovered Steampunk !
I'm all verklempt...
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iandiam Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007   Artisan Crafter
It was hard for me to pick a piece of metalwork to comment on, they are all so attractive. I am currently working as a welder making custom fireplace enclosures, and I think I may recognize those discs...are they remnants from the punched holes made by a metalworking machine?

I have made a few attempts to utilize them, on my lunch hour, mostly, and I will post some eventually. I guess the main bullett point I'm trying to make here is the meticulousness required to run arcs and contours...I can appreciate and admire the talent and patience required. Nice work...
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional
Thank you,
Yes they are punch parts...
and each one is hand formed with hammer and anvil before being welded to it's neighbor.
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
CONGRATS to that... you deserve it, from what i can see here, amazing piece!!!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007  Professional
Thank you...
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QuickmanX Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007  Student
NOWAY. You made this?

I SEE IT EVERY TIME I WALK TO THE LIBRARY.

Absolutely exquisite.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007  Professional
Thank you Quickman,
Yep, that's my work. There was a big sculpture competition in Mountain View in 92 for the dedication of the Performing Arts Center. They bought 4 or 5 pieces and mine was one.
It used to be in the Performing Arts Center,is it still ?
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QuickmanX Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007  Student
Yeah, still is. Bottom floor, right by the window.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007  Professional
Cool,
Haven't been down there since I delivered it.
Man, they were nice to me...(and the model)
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WrongState Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it when an artist makes me revert to simplistic terms; WOW!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Professional
I hope that's a good sign...
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WrongState Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yeah, I sometimes go on about the composition, lighting, pose.. and the such.. but I just saw what you did.. and the first thing that came to mind was.. well wow
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richardj Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
That is incredible....!:omg:The discs look like reptile scales.:)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2006  Professional
Hey Richard,
Thank you.They do at that,or at least some sort of armor...
The City of Mountain View bought the piece in 1992 and it sits somewhere in their new award winning performance art center where the city council chambers are located. I'm working on another one currently in bronze that's about halfway done and taking molds from a new model for a full lifesize standing piece.
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jmart-art Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006  Professional General Artist
this must have taken awhile.. i love the distinction of the work in the discs
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006  Professional
Thank you,
That piece took about 3 months. It was one of the winners in a sculpture competition(purchase prize) put on by the City of Mountain View ,Ca. in 1992.
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jmart-art Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006  Professional General Artist
well thats good, i like it. how much did it go for?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006  Professional
Classified info. But I will say that my figures are in the 15-20K range currently...
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jmart-art Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006  Professional General Artist
nice, that is great
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Luciform Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006
Wow, what amazing work.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006  Professional
Thank you friend,
That piece was one of the winners(purchase prize) in a sculpture competition put on by the city of Mountain View ,Ca. in 1992. It now resides in their beautiful new performing arts center.
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