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Spines R Us by ou8nrtist2 Spines R Us by ou8nrtist2
This is a process shot from making the Vertebrae Conference Table over the Christmas holidays 2008.
The finished work in the movie studio in L.A. for which it was built:[link]
All the whale vertebral parts were forged,then welded in order on a long curved square tube.
I am beginning to show some exuberance in this shot because I am starting to see how all the parts will come together ,and that it is actually looking like what I intended it to...
Always a pleasant moment.
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Kauffeldtvonkos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Excellent work!!!!!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional
Thank you Greg!
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KAIS3R-9 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you are everything i aspire to be, especially the mustache
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pyrates Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
All your work is fantastic. I see that you make a good living at it. I have looked at you whole gllery and you are very talented. Inspiring.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional
Dear Shaun,
I think the term,"a good living"is a relative term and debatable.
While it is true that if one looks at the face value of my existence,I am surrounded by beauty,I have a tremendous amount of personal freedom,and at this point in my career I can work on pretty much whatever
I want to. The sad truth is I have no security,retirement,healthcare,and have been living pretty much hand -to-mouth for the last 18 months(because of the economy).Art being a luxury in most cultures,it is the FIRST thing cut out of the financial diet when there is a money crunch...
Just didn't want you to think it was all fun and games...LOL
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pyrates Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
As a goldsmith I hear you loud & clear. Your work is really great though. I have had to sell my soul on a few occasions and make items that appealled to the mass market rather than the one of a kind pieces I truly enjoy. Your burning man pieces were genius I thought. Have ever developed a line that you could perhaps market to places like Pier1 and such? I used to leave items in private galleries in the $15-35 dollar range and it tended to move alomst regularly. You die a little inside but you get to keep eating. *LOL*
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional
I've never been able to bring myself to enjoy production work.
Those Burning Man pieces were the exception and initially rejected by my client.
I was freaking out inside but kept my cool and he accepted them the next day...
But after that I swore I'd never make production stuff I didn't think was cool myself...
If I had a big shop with several assistants I'd probably do low run limited edition pieces but not actually touch them myself,only the prototype...LOL
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pyrates Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
I am suprised the vendor had issue with those pieces, they were an awesome idea.
I have had issues with the production end of things myself. Used to design and make wedding bands with the braided wire in the centre, which of course all has to be hand woven and then drawn flat. Getting it to look good and having the braid come out perfect just slaughtered my eyes, looking for imperfections. If I a couple of lackeys it certainly would have kept the line up moving but eventually I had to stop due to carpel tunnel issues. That and everyone wanted something special woven into the wirework. One guy asked me to weave "I love you" into it. My response was that I was not Rumpelstiltskin. LOL
If you ever do any other production lines I would love to see your take on them.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional
I actually do (occasionally)very limited edition multiples.The new technologies allow a variety of precision computer operated cutting which though these are conceived of as industrial processes,I've adapted for purely decorative aps...I.E.Laser cutting,water-jet cutting,and plasma cutting.

Stuff like this:
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and
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This was the design that was almost rejected(after I finished all 250 of them);
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This was the first successful design for the same bazzilionaire client and Burning Man fanatic:
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pyrates Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Those last ones were pretty awesome as well. Do you do the burning man thing everytime? Or was this just an occasional series for the customer? I really like the hair piece as well. I wouls be saw piercing that for hours. Did a Wedding photo album once for a good friend and saw pierced a floral design in brass on the cover that matched the velum between the pictures.
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