I feel like I owe you an explanation, after browsing your personal site and realizing how talented and accomplished you actually are. I have been a sort of metal-working artist for several years now, i say sort of because i do it mostly as a hobby and have only recently gotten into blacksmithing and working/shrinking sheet metal, in which I have thrown myself into fully with great enjoyment. Even more recently I started making flowers out of steel (see my profile) and have been challenging myself with making a very diverse selection of them. I believed them to be well made, mostly because I lacked any other similar works to compare them to. I now stand corrected and see that I have a long way to go to reach talent such as yours. It is after these realizations I find I have little to offer you as far as knowledge. I have a sort of talent for reverse engineering things in my head and seeing how they are made and how they work... your sculptures however, elude me and I can make no sense of the processes that are involved. I would love to understand more, that is, if you were willing to discuss them (I know as an artist you are naturally reluctant to part with this information.) Regardless, I would still enjoy talking to a fellow artist. I think your work is absolutely beautiful and masterfully crafted and I will continue to follow your work.
Hello! Sorry in advence for my poor english... And thank you very much for that so nice apreciation... well, as I can see on your profil, I think I use more/less the same technic as you.. maybe my metal is a little bit thick, and I use matrix to form the petals.. and a textured amer for the aspect, but you need a blacksmith to.. Don't worry, your flowers are very nice to!! ") keep in touch!
I figured yours were forged with heat, I think your right that the technique is similar, but I instead form my petals cold after annealing, by doing this I eliminate the forge scale and get to keep the shiny steel look. I'm not sure what you mean by "I use matrix to form the petals."
But the one question I did have was how do you assemble the petals to the stem? I use a MIG to attach the petals to the stem, which tends to leave ugly weld beads underneath, I'm wondering if you use a similar process but hide it with the petals on the very bottom? What I am really after is a cleaner looking process for putting my flowers together
Anyway, your english is fine! I can understand you and that's all that matters... besides, art is a universal language thank you for the compliments
my email is raider90(at)gmail.com if you'd prefer this private.
the matrix mean that I use forms, strong, that I put on the anvil to hammer.. but I put the petal 5 or 6 times in the heat to have the good form on diferents matrix.. than I weld the petal with arc stick, but I texture the welding with the hammer when it's steel hot, so I havn't to grind ( you need a anvil to do that).. but you know, it realy depend of my mood and of the result I want.. for the moment I work on an insect, and I grind a lot.. but working with the blacksmith is more sexy ")