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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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:iconbear48:
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   Traditional 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   Traditional 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   Traditional 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   Traditional 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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Lord-Godzilla Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Sure is cute.
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional
Thank you...
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Sarah-on-Deviantart Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Really nice!!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Professional
Thank you.
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Dragons-wine Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've never heard of ashes to art. I can't being to tell you how happy you've just made me!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional
Oh good...
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Dragons-wine Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol. Maybe that'll make more sense If I tell you I'm a mortuary student. :) I plan to make custom urns.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional
Then you should definitely enter the competition...
They changed their name,
Here's the link:
[link]
I went to one of their early shows since it's near where i live ,and was blown away by the quality and craftsmanship represented.It's one of the best curated shows I've ever seen.If you get work accepted you should be very proud...
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Dragons-wine Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I need a studio space before I can even hope to get started. I hardly have room to paint in my current apartment.
Did the octopus get in? It's a wonderful idea for an urn.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional
No,I never finished a container,just the octopus,so I didn't submit anything.
But there's always next year...
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MetalMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful work. :clap:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Professional
Thank you Ms.Magpie...
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Death-Pony7 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very cool! The timing that you uploaded this to the MetalSmiths group is pretty funny too. My roommate had this dream about an octopus in our toilet, while I'm working on a color project involving a mimic octopus.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional
OMG,in the toilet?
What an incredibly disturbing image.LOL
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:icondeath-pony7:
Death-Pony7 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Apparently it turned into a snake. What's even more disturbing is how it even got there, which he doesn't know.
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nonparticipant Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
were the eyes built just from weld or were they forged to shape?
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional
I put down a lump of weld with the MIG Gun,ground it to shape,then put a dimple in it with a punch.
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nonparticipant Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
awesome :)
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ajazzydancer Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice. It looks so playful. It looks very sellable. I could see a line of octopuses being something people would like to own.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional
When you say " a line",it infers serial production which is the only economical and realistic way to go. But that also means casting rather than fabrication.I have a built in prejudice to reproducing sculpture as I feel it disperses (negatively) the potency of the original.If a piece is seen too much (from reproduction)we will eventually ignore it. If there is just ONE of something then we will always regard it as special...
Of course certain things beg for reproduction,but generally speaking they are in more of a craft type category,household objects,door knobs,drawer pulls,etc.
Just my view is all.
Everyone seems to have a different take on this...
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ajazzydancer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I see your point. I also see a "line" of items as a series of similar handmade pieces, rather than it having to be cast. I understand why you would want each piece to be completely unique. I agree that one of a kind art is more valuable. I think it is up to the artist what to do with their art.

As primarily a jeweler, I tend to think of doing series or reproducing similar pieces. But then again I am a craftsperson rather than a sculptor.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional
As a jeweler you presumably have some sense of what the market can stand as far as price goes.
This little octopus as a one-of sculpture is so much effort and time to fabricate that the price point is $1300. Compare that to the cast bronze reproduction version of say $400. This contrast of realities explains perhaps why so many artists opt for the reproduction route,to insure an income and keep food on the table,support their kids,etc.etc.
I have streamlined my needs (and responsibilities) so that I can retain the freedom NOT to go that route.
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ajazzydancer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very true. I understand how much work can go into one piece. I'm glad you are able to work the way you do.

I tend to like working in series sometimes, although I don't usually truly duplicate a particular piece. It is true though, that I would in my jewelry to be able to make it more sellable.
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JoeVanderloo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
Wow, thats awesome. I love cephalopods.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional
Thank you Joe,
As I wrote to you in a comment on your wonderful Koi fish transforming,there are so few of us metal sculptors here on DA,so our contributions stand out to a certain degree...
How would you feel about sharing your technique for accomplishing that so-very-bronze looking patina for steel.It's so effective!
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Orchid-Black Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This is wonderful! I especially love the idea of combining him with a funerary object. Octopi are incredible creatures.

:blackrose: :skullbones: :blackrose:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Professional
Thank you.
That piece though small, has been functioning as a stand alone sculpture in my house for the last few months.
I hope to make a slightly larger one at some point.
Stainless steel is just a bit tricky to forge ,but I like that it doesn't rust...
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Orchid-Black Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's very cool. I know absolutely nothing about forging, but the work you do is incredible.

:blackrose: :skullbones: :blackrose:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional
Thank you...
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Orchid-Black Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You're quite welcome, of course.
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senoritafish Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
Amazing - a steel cephalopod. I saw your doorhandle first, then followed a link here. Thanks from another fan of tentacles.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional
My pleasure.
I found a fresh 16 inch section of giant Pacific octopus washed up on the beach as big as my bicep. It was the model for the door handle...
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
How come I missed him yesterday! I thought I'd looked at every page...

He's really good :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Professional
Thank you Jennifer,
It's cause I got allot crap to look at is all...LOL
One can get confused looking at all the trinkets and baubles...
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:laughing:
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cheesefreeak Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Student Digital Artist
awesome work. I like the rough look of it.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Professional
Knowing when a piece is "done",can be a lifelong effort...
Thank you.
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cheesefreeak Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Student Digital Artist
definitely.
your welcome
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liquidether Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
Just what I needed to see, exactly when I needed to see it :) .

Lovely work that has made me smile; thank you.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Professional
Healing Art ?
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