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Wedding Gazebo by ou8nrtist2 Wedding Gazebo by ou8nrtist2
I designed and built this gazebo structure in collaboration with a landscape designer friend of mine,for a wedding. By the time of the wedding it was covered with little white climbing roses in full bloom. The top is 16 ft.and has an electric light fixture for night time illumination. The whole structure is made of steel with a rust patina (I use muriatic acid),and bolts together in components.
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I love the rust patina, I got married under a gazebo in 2005 instead of a church, To be under white roses against the rust patina besides the wedding and all that The gazebo must have been Totally beautiful!
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ou8nrtist2 Apr 30, 2009  Professional
It was a beautiful piece,
Unfortunately I was not at the wedding so never got any shots after the plant materials were installed,nor the illumination at night ,which I am told was fantastic.
One can see that particular patina is a rather bright yellow.
That's the tell tale sign of a fresh muriatic wash on new steel. It flash rusts overnight (especially if there's a high dew point) and looks bright yellow for some time.
I use a solution of baking soda and water to neutralize the ph factor after the rust is the way I want it.
It slowly darkens over the following months and years.
This is one of the many ways to make a brand new fabrication look as if it's been sitting out for years.
My landscape garden designer friend in Marin county that I've been collaborating with for years is known for formal English gardens ,so these pieces fit well with that aesthetic.
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OH man! That just sux! so no photos in its full glory. That sounds like the one I used upon my sculpture to give the whole piece that uniform look. I through a Acrylic sealer over it about 13 coats in total, and from that yellowish it turn darker also.
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ou8nrtist2 Apr 30, 2009  Professional
I generally don't deal these larger structures,just let them go,but for an indoor piece I would...
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Hmmm, I gotcha but either way large or small you do beautiful Stephan.
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ou8nrtist2 May 1, 2009  Professional
Thank you Peter,
I have to say it gets easier and more fun to conceive of and make stuff as time goes on,but definitely has become harder to sell...
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Your very welcome and yes I feel the same...
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Parwal Apr 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, that looks lovely. I can only imagine how romantic the white roses must have made the wedding. I love seeing human made objects combining with nature.
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ou8nrtist2 Apr 30, 2009  Professional
Thank you Parwal,
Nature is by far my biggest inspiration...
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