Simple Hammer-formed Brass Candle Holder

June 29, 2009

This is the third one of these I’ve made, but it’s been a few years since the last one, and my tools and expertise have improved a lot, so the results are quite a bit better. I love the shape that it starts with; the economy of material is amazing. I don’t know how I […]

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Tall Hammer-formed Brass Candleholder

June 17, 2009

This is the second one of these candle holders I’ve made, and since it’s been a couple years since I made the first one, I had a hard time remembering how I did it. This time I took a lot of pictures and took notes, so I’ll have some help when I do the next […]

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Frog on a Lotus Leaf, Hammer-formed Brass

June 8, 2009

I made this sculpture for my daughter Stephanie’s 27th birthday. When she was little she would spend hours trying to catch frogs at the edge of our pond. When we arrived at Stephanie’s house for her birthday celebration, her daughter, age three, greeted us, all excited, showing us a toad she had in her hand! […]

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Coiled Pot in Hammer-formed Brass

May 27, 2009

It’s been quite a while since I posted here; I just don’t have much to say unless it’s to talk about something new I’ve made. Well, I’ve finally got something new to talk about. This is a continuation of my quest for new techniques of forming, as described in my previous posts, Experimenting with new […]

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Experimenting with New Forms, Part 2

April 7, 2009

Having figured out the orange problem, see Part 1, I have moved on to other adaptations of the same technique. This one worked out well enough I’ve made it into a finished piece, which I’m calling “magic Orb”, as it reminds me of something from Harry Potter. Any other suggestions will be considered. The first […]

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Experimenting With New Forms, Part 1

March 30, 2009

Whenever I peel an orange or tangerine, I always try to get it all in one piece. It ends up as a graceful s-shaped curvy thing. then I try to put the peel back into its original form, always hoping it could look good enough to fool someone. Well, something I was working on the […]

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Crouching Rabbit, Sleeping Greyhound

March 22, 2009

I just couldn’t resist the title. I was working on both of these at the same time, and suddenly realized the irony of making a greyhound and a rabbit. They even have similar ears. The greyhound, my second one so far, is an urn for custompeturns.com. It’s about 7″ across. The rabbit is to be […]

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Using “Magic Flame” to prevent firescale

March 10, 2009

This subject was brought up last week, and since I have nothing else to report, I decided to do a little pictorial about it. “Magic Flame Soldering Compound”, available from Rio Grande, is one of those products that appears to be too good to be true. It does claim be be a soldering flux, and […]

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Anticlastic Extremism

March 2, 2009

Anticlastic forming is probably the most difficult to achieve. I think anticlastic means “making the metal do something it really doesn’t want to do” ;). For me, one of the most fun parts of what I do is devising new (preferably easier) ways to do difficult tasks. I wanted to carry the anticlastic bend to […]

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Hammer-formed Brass Hen Sculpture

February 23, 2009

Here are a couple pics of the brass hen I made recently, hammer-formed from a single piece of 16 gauge brass sheet, my second attempt. It’s about 4″ tall. My first attempt did not get finished because I did not start with the right cutout shape, as mentioned in my previous post, Anticlastic Extremism. This […]

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