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Sea Urchin 2 by ou8nrtist2 Sea Urchin 2 by ou8nrtist2
Here's my second attempt at a realistic sea urchin (our most common species for Uni here),in forged and welded stainless steel. I've embellished the natural pentagonal symmetry of the little nubbins by variegating the buffing pattern and leaving the heat patina for color...
4 inch diameter.
It was an interesting fabrication. I used two identical discs and formed them with dies on my 20 to frame press to the appropriate shapes for the top and bottom half of this most remarkable creature.Two mating convex forms welded all the way around the equator ,then ground and polished so the seam disappears.

SOLD Jan 29,2011
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ProfessorBats Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
It's beautiful
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional
One of my favorite exoskeletons for sure.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional
very cool
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional
Thank you.
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Tupunoor Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Awesome :nod:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional
Thanks Tupu.
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Tupunoor Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
:heart:
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Tar-Vanimelde Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
that's awesome!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional
Thank you,
I'm thinking about doing one REALLY BIG...
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Tar-Vanimelde Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
how big is really big? this one seems paperweight sized
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional
Not sure how big I'm thinking,
Maybe like 14 inches diameter.
This one is 4"in diameter but actually feels bigger...
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zbg Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
one day all typewriters will be made like this!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional
A new spin on the ball writer...
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Feybles Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Love it! this is a grand little critter :)
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nativeart Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is a very cool sculpture. I really like the coloration it does give it depth and helps with the shape.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional
Thanks Marsha,
It's another in an ongoing series illustrating ORGANIC GEOMETRY,i.e. plants and animals that exhibit Sacred Geometry in their structure...
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RoninPsycho Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting. It actually looks quite real...except for the metal part, haha.
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subtronik Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
Very organic Stephen, nice work.

Is it hollow?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional
Yes,
It's two convex bowl shapes welded together at the equator,
and the bottom has a shaped hole just like the real thing.
I struggled with trying to emphasize the pentagonal pattern on the surface.
After I welded the little nubbins in,the pentagonal pattern was not apparent (like on the real thing),so I hit on the contrivance of using the difference between areas of buffing and patina to demarcate that 5 sided symmetry...
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nonparticipant Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
I was going to ask if you made 5 strips formed em and welded or did fewer. I'm guessing the surface pitting was done with a screwdriver or flex shaft, but I imagine they could have been tapped in, I guess the nubbins were just weld carefully built up on the surface?

looks good man. I wish I had done more ferrous work while I still had facilities that could sort of handle it.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Professional
Your question reminded me that I hadn't finished posting the fabrication process for this piece,so I've added to the artist's comments...Thanks.
The nubbins are indeed just a little quick ZAP from my wire feed welder and the surface pitting was accomplished with a hammer and punch.
I'm working on the Calla Lilly Pavillion Table currently,in bronze and stainless steel.
I'm making good progress in accomplishing Calla LiliNESS in the forms.
Stay tuned for more images and posts on that process and results...
Thank you for your input...it helps !
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nonparticipant Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
certainly. :D
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rubesart Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful man!.
It looks a lot bigger than 4"
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional
I know ,
I thought so too,
and was surprised when I measured it...
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carpe0diem Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Very cool my friend!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional
Those little nubbins could be diamonds ...










That actually would look pretty cool.
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carpe0diem Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Funny you say that, I was at a jewelry show once and they had one there in diamond and pink sapphire for the nubbins and they were reverse set with the pavilion of the stones out. It was real cool!! The piece was about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional
You and I could do better...LOL



Just saying.
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carpe0diem Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
Most definitely! :)
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