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Passage by benalo Passage by benalo
"Passage" Blacksmith sculpture, more views at [link]
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chiemo89 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
cool * w*
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EstherVerschoor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Artist
Hi Ben,
I love this one so much!!
You are so good in giving the cold hard metal a soft warm feeling, masculine and feminine at the same time!
xxx
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GeshaR Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Amazing work! So organic, it's hard to belive you work with metal. Also the concept is beautiful, though rather shocking.
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misskitten66 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
simply amazing!
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benalo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Thank you! Your stuff are very fun! BestZ!! ")
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misskitten66 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you're very welcome, and thank you !!
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r3parat3d Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very very nice! your flowers are very realistic, I'd be interested in talking about how you made them... trade secrets, if you will...
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r3parat3d Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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.
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benalo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
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!
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r3parat3d Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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 :P

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.
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benalo Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
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 ")
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FancyGoat Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
would you be willing to sell?
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:iconbenalo:
benalo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
of course I am ! ")
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FancyGoat Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the original sculpture itself i mean
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benalo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
yes, I understand that.. send me a private message to ben(at)benalo.net thanks!
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Reanimated4now Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
very very cool, teeth and the tracery are gorgeous.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Big wow!
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
very good
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artykitten Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! Life & death!
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