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Little Octopus 2 by ou8nrtist2 Little Octopus 2 by ou8nrtist2
This will be an ornament on something,not sure what yet.
I'm thinking about entering the Ashes to Art Show (funerary containers). It's an international show with artist's works from all over the world,some amazing stuff really. I'm thinking this might be the ornament for the lid of a container for a sailor's ashes...
Welded,forged stainless steel- 4 " diameter respectively.
TECHNIQUE:
I cut 8 equal lengths of 1/4 inch round stock(stainless).I then ground them so they had a slight taper. Then I used the mig gun to put many tiny spot welds on them to simulate suckers. At this point I used the oxy-acetylene torch to heat and forge each one into separate sinewy shapes(this is after viewing MANY reference photographs of octopus tentacles). I then welded each tentacle one at a time to the body which I had Previously fabricated from stainless tubing(another completely different process).I welded each tentacle on so that it was pointing down out of the way so that I could clean up the weld that attached it to the body.You have to think carefully about the order you put things together in a piece such as this where the access with the various cleanup tools(grinders,sanders,buffers etc) will be restricted as each additional tentacle is welded on. After all the tentacles were welded in place , all pointing down,and I'd cleaned up the welds attaching them to the body,I then used the torch again to reforge each of them into their present position...

I'd like to stress here how vitally important it is to do the "homework",that is,do as much study of the creature from pictures (as well as )info about the beasty in question that is the subject of your work.Notice the tube jets on the lower side below the eye (on both sides). This is how the creature moves WITH SPEED when molested or frightened.I made a separate piece for each of the jets and drilled out the body to receive the piece. This is an IMPORTANT piece of the anatomy of the critter,but without the requisite STUDY and HOMEWORK the art piece will remain merely a GESTURE of an octopus rather than a STATEMENT about OCTOPUS NESS...

Inspired by conversation with justanotherDAME who has a similar affection for all things tentacled.

This piece is available for purchase.
Please note me for pricing.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional
sweet job
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional
Thanks.
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crazyruthie Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014   General Artist
very impressive! this is the one i'll but in the featured folder for :iconspirals-and-swirls: is that ok? :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional
Wonderful!
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crazyruthie Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014   General Artist
awesome! i don't know why i couldn't find your things in the gallery. i looked again. when i looked at some of your works, they were already in the group. weird. if you have anything you'd like to submit again, how about four things, remove it from the group, give me links to the ones you want me to request and i'll take care of it. :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional
Seems to be some sort of glitch because I have submitted several images that ARE in your galleries but your icon does not show up on my image page...strange.
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crazyruthie Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014   General Artist
were you able to find them in the gallery? can  you tell me what page of the gallery  you saw them in? 
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional
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crazyruthie Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014   General Artist
both of those examples do indeed have our icon listed with the group it's in. i don't know what to say. you can't search the gallery, only dig through it by hand. ridiculous i know, very frustrating. 

i did indeed go through the whole folder and a sub folder of older artisan crafts two times.  
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
well done
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