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Railing in rectangular tubing by ou8nrtist2 Railing in rectangular tubing by ou8nrtist2
This is a sample for a current railing job I'm working on.
Years ago I fantasized that this 1" x 2" rectangular tubing might indeed collapse the way you see in this image ,if brought to heat in the forge and pulled around a scroll jig.My reasoning was based on the assumption that,all things being equal and the heat even throughout,there would still remain some structural integrity at the corners of the tubing that would hold the rectangular cross section while the broad flat faces all collapse in and the edge faces bulge out. This gives a lovely ,almost ORGANIC aesthetic to the scroll which is quite tactile and simply begs to be gripped.
The other interesting contraposto aesthetic point is that I made a very beefy button finial and welded it to the very center of the scroll.
Though the rails for this job are destined to be powdercoated,I can see the possibility in the future of making this same composition in stainless steel to capitalize on the polished metal look which has it's own aesthetic...
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional
sweet job
SeurAaron Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
If you could stamp or forge a scaled patern onto a tapered piece of steel and weld the back on to complete the triangular tube. The top piece would be twice the size of the back and creased in the middle. This would allow you to bring the spiral to that nice point in the drawing and probably cut back on the time requirements.
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Professional
Good solution.
There are several ways to accomplish the design task.
Here in California there is a requirement that a rail be smooth to the touch throughout so the scales could only be sculpted on the end scrolls,but for the main straight sections engraving would work or I could possibly use my plasma cutter(hand held) for gouging the scale pattern...
nativeart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ah yes I think the polished metal would be very nice. sensual even.
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional
With this relative success in experimentation,I'm now thinking about how I can transform square or rectangular tubing into this scaly reptilian tail-like thing for the termination scroll on a railing...
nativeart Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh I like that idea. I actually like the one labeled 'not this one' Although the scales seem to be heading the wrong direction. Also I would cover up the rivets with the next scale wouldn't want to see them. Or just weld the scale on and forget the rivets. Would you do the scaling the whole length of the rail or just at the ends? Could be a problem if you were going the 'wrong' way on the rail and the scales were on the top. I would think the top would be the best place for the scales though. Or make the top bumpy and put the scales on the bottom that could be cool too, especially with a nice colored patina. Shiny bumps with a colored area between. Knarly bumps too sort of lumpy bumbs not smooth ones.
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional
The code out here would only allow scales on the end scrolls.
but they could still be intimated by a deep engraving...
nativeart Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
really? Wow that is odd why do they care what sort of embellishment you have as long as it is functional. The government... I swear. Yes engraving would work I suppose.
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional
The long sections between scrolls must be smooth to the touch with no protrusions that could snag or catch a garment.
nativeart Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yes that makes sense I guess.
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