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Two Leaf Chairs ,back to back by ou8nrtist2 Two Leaf Chairs ,back to back by ou8nrtist2
These chairs are made from drops from laser cutting. This is the side view.The negative space is the profile of the part that was cut out,evidently some sort of bracket or gusset. The remaining identical panels lent themselves nicely to the idea of sides for a chair. I cold formed the seats and backs and welded them in. They were at least comfortable enough for dining chairs.
1/4 inch welded steel plate.
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2dazed Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How pretty! Clever design, very inviting.

Do you fabricate most of your work using scrap metal pieces? Just asking because you mentioned it's made from drops. My husband has made us several really nice pieces of furniture using drops. :nod:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional
I'd say about 85% of my pieces are made from recycled metal.
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2dazed Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's great! That makes welding all the more exciting to me. I may not know it all when it comes to what ya'll do, but I can appreciate what I'm looking at more when it's not from a fresh sheet or something.

Eric even has gotten me a small bag of brass shavings that I've been working with. Filled it up while grinding a job to clean it up first. And he's brought some rods home, diamond plated steel, bunch of other things. I'm waiting for that perfect idea to come along. Lol!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Professional
Often collecting the parts can stimulate the idea,
I myself go both ways on this, sometimes I'll have the idea first,sometimes the idea comes to me by the shape of some interesting scrap I've collected. I got some cool stuff yesterday from the laser facility that I want to explore, but it's raining hard again today and I just can't face being in the cold wet studio. So I'll probably bring the box of parts in the house so my mind can take inventory of what's there. When I drift off to sleep or just as I wake up ,the shapes get manipulated in the 3D rotational program that goes on in my head. In that quasi conscious state it is ALL form and no judgment with no prejudices or even a consideration of appropriateness. What I'm describing is similar to the original meaning of brainstorming in a think tank,but of a completely visual nature here. Often,if I've been wrestling with an abstract concept,like mortality,or love transcending death,or the divinity of all of Nature,and it's a subject that is "up"for me. Then my subconscious is sort of pre-programmed (like self hypnosis)to make that idea or concept be the focus ,and from sleep come the most remarkable shape orientations that often relate to the concept at hand. I love this process and have been doing it for so long that it's second nature at this point. Someday I'd like to write at length on the process because it definitely can be learned...
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2dazed Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lol! I usually come up with solutions while sleeping too! I often wake up in the middle of the night & say "Yes! That's it! " Eric wakes up & says "WHAT?" "nothing Daddy".
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Professional
Sounds like a good tolerant partner...LOL
You should probably keep him.
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2dazed Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:rofl: Yeah, I think I will. Although, I've been known to be a little tolerant myself. He was in the Navy, so at times in the night I get woken up with an elbow to my ribs, as he's dreaming about something. I just hit him back. Now that's funny. You should see that.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Professional
Reminds me of a married couple...LOL
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
not a chance in hell I'd work with fire (though, perversely [conversely?], I'm more comfy filling my GF's butane torch than she is), people see me with pretty much any tool aside from an xacto knife or a pencil, and it's like, "Put the hammer down and step away from it..." I can't imagine how they'd respond to me with a torch..."Put the flamethrower down & step away from it."
"It's a torch."
"Not in your hands, it isn't." :flame:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional
Safety First,
except at Burning Man
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