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Pine Cone by ou8nrtist2 Pine Cone by ou8nrtist2
Here's the first iteration and result of a design problem I've been mulling over for a couple of months,namely how to FABRICATE,(as opposed to casting), a pine cone with reasonable accuracy. I eventually realized a good stock reproducible shape to start with would be PUNCH PARTS. So I considered my industrial connections and got access to a wonderful old 65 ton J.C.Whitney punch. On a Saturday I took over two plates,one of 3/16ths silicon bronze (which this piece is made from), and a stainless plate which was 1/8th inch thick.I've used an oval punch to make these petal like shapes...
I'm reasonably pleased with this piece,but obviously some of the details can get refined if I go further.
Welded silicon bronze-height 3"

The pine cone exhibits some rather incredible Sacred Geometry characteristics. The petals are configured in controposto radiating spirals like the seeds of a sunflower head,and the RATIO of the left hand spirals to right hand spirals almost always follows the FIBONACCI SEQUENCE.
This arrangement of petals allows for the MAXIMUM surface area (for respiration) with the MINIMUM of organic material...almost as if it was DIVINELY engineered ,thus we have the term Sacred Geometry.

Update Oct 28th 2009
This was a commissioned piece, though I had some difficulty reconnecting with the client after the initial meeting. In this case I had not been prepaid. Usually I take some money down(half), to begin the process (which generally starts with research). But the design problem was already logged into my on board auto rotational program(my pea brain),and so I went ahead with solving the riddle as if funding were already in place(a bad habit). I am pleased to report the client came by today and was overjoyed at the work and paid the fee in full...Yay, I get wine tonight ...LOL
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Professional
Thank you,
twice over...LOL
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Professional
thank you ,thank you
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I've always loved the way you craft organic things out of metal. This is another fine example. :)

Hard for me to judge how big it is. A bit bigger than real life, no?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional
Thank you Joseph,
It is definitely a labor of love.
A young man approached me earlier this summer. He saw the ACORN PENDANT I made for a Burning Man client and asked if I could fabricate a pine cone (but he had only $300 to invest). I couldn't really dislodge the challenge,even though that's not really much money considering the materials, time,and research,but like so many times before,I have gone ahead and made the piece...I hope he'll like it when he gets in touch.

This one is 3 inches high,so it is actually life size but in truth there are pine cones of every shape and size...
I always do a fair amount of research before fabrication(Google Search).I was amazed at the variety that exist in the world.
This piece was a bit tricky in that I had to fabricate it upside down in order to get my welder in there tight enough to attach the parts.
And it is bronze so it will darken nicely over time and the more it's handled.
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I really appreciate the thoroughness in your works. That guy better appreciate it too. ;)

Nice choice of material as well. I don't know much about metallurgy, but I love bronze.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional
Thanks for your vote of confidence,
The guy just contacted me and is still interested...
We'll meet up this week.
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Hope he'll like it enough to pay a reasonable price. :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Professional
Ha,
What's a reasonable price these days...
I'm just glad I can be paid at all to do what comes naturally.
We actually negotiated a price a couple of months ago.
It's the bare minimum which I would accept,but I also knew the process would be inspirational (which it has been).
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
True true. Hard to put a price on such a thing. As long as you don't feel ripped of I suppose.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional
For me the real joy and payoff is in the making.
It's incredible to me that I can somehow persuade people to actually PAY me to do what I love.
So no,I don't think it's a ripoff.
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RA-1991 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
Heyy !! That's so CooL!! :wow: :love:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional
Thank you...
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nativeart Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Looks really cool.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional
Thank you.
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artistladysmith Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
ya those pine cones can be a problem...looks like your onto it though. we already have a dusting of snow and my carrots are still in the ground....oof da!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional
Hey you !
I voted for you recently.
Did you win a premium membership?

Carrots,that's what I need next year.
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artistladysmith Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
No....bumber....thanks anyway though.....ya, home grown carrots are the best! I love to go out in the garden, pick one and start mowwing down....yum. ;)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional
So then who won the title of best metalworker?
Frankly IMHO they were all good contenders...
I've got a list of additions to make to the garden next Spring. Corn and carrots is chief among them.
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artistladysmith Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
:shrug: maybe the voting isn't over??? i never have luck with corn, gave up growing it....the deer like it too much.
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rubesart Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's worked out very nicely indeed. Definitely looks like a pine cone. Be cool to see it once the bronze has mellowed.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional
I'll just hang with the piece for a few days and see if some color inspiration hits me or not. As it is the heat patina has given it some rainbow colors but as you say it will darken quickly with time...

We're battening down the hatches here. The first major storm of the season is hitting right now. We're supposed to get strong winds and 2 -6 inches or rain in the next two days...All the skiers are excited.LOL.
I'm just glad fire season is over and finally we'll see some relief from the 3 year drought we've been having.I harvested most of the tomatoes ,just have to get the peppers now...
Yipee yo o kiyay !
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camilah Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
What is this supposed to be?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional
It's a pine cone in bronze.
I don't know what the Norwegian translation is...
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camilah Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
Cool:) Thats okay.
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