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Small-scale Metal Sculptures Using Silverware and Scrap

01/16/2018 10:47 AM

Since a number of CR4 members share their artistic pursuits with us, I thought you'd be interested in this artist. I've seen various uses for silverware but none that are this well-conceived and executed. And it turns out that the artist and were born in the same city, albeit [quite] a number of years apart. His job as a welder in a shipyard includes creating sculptures for his company to give to customers.

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01/16/2018 11:09 AM

Well, it seems that today he is on sabbatical - site is limited use.

I pursued the artist a little bit and found that a Google search airtightartwork on etsy, then a change to images gets many pics of his pieces.

Very talented guy! I like it.

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01/16/2018 12:11 PM

This is a video on Jack Storms work with colorful glass sculptures....

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01/16/2018 1:49 PM

If you enjoy glasswork, this artist does some very nice work.

Josh Simpson

My wife has spent a king's ransom on various pieces. We've been to his studio. He is a fine gentleman, very down to earth, even though his wife was not.

(You'll have to look him up to know what I mean.)

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01/16/2018 2:13 PM

There are many artists I admire, but sadly I have no more room for any more collections....haha

I have a marble collection and it includes some of these art glass works from modern artists as well as old stuff...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv-zvvc-9YM&list=PL32TYVhvjGbNYuQTCZK1WknzgSxqkZ6Xn

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01/16/2018 2:18 PM

These are stunning -- I see why your wife can't resist them. If anyone ever wants to give me an Inhabited Vase ...

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01/16/2018 5:02 PM

71 miles and 2 hours gets you there. Parts of the old Mohawk Trail if I remember correctly.

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01/17/2018 8:35 AM

Beautiful part of MA -- we sometimes go that way when we visit Mr. BIS's sister in VT. Might have to insist on stopping off to visit the gallery next trip.

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01/16/2018 2:07 PM

These are stunning -- we're more accustomed to seeing glass sculptures made with blown glass. Wouldn't one of these look fantastic in a sunroom?

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01/16/2018 2:29 PM

I think any of these would be stunning in just about any location, might be blindingly spectacular in direct sunlight....natives would worship it as a god methinks...

https://jackstorms.com/#1503485332241-3bc5f098-f7c6

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01/16/2018 4:17 PM

Depends on the natives. I can see it happening with ewoks, though. They like shiny stuff and C3PO was shiny.

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01/16/2018 2:31 PM

I rather like kinetic sculptures, The ones I have seen are large and generally not something you would have in your yard or at home. I think most if not all of the ones I have seen were done by George Rickey although I am not positive. They have one on the RPI campus and one or two in the pepsico sculpture garden.

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01/16/2018 5:05 PM

When I was at a farmers market in Florida, someone had a stand with a bunch of metal sculptures made from random parts. They used a lot of golf club parts and garden tools. My favorite was a Dachshund made with a giant spring as the body and golf club ends as the ears. Sort of like this one, but different.

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01/17/2018 8:37 AM

That's fantastic! I love the idea of a hammerhead for a dog head. Creative people look at objects so differently. The golf clubs make that particularly appropriate, too .

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01/17/2018 10:49 AM

I did this one for my daughter for her wedding. Got their little dogs too!

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01/17/2018 1:48 PM

Awesome stuff. I really like the artwork that repurposes the existing shapes in old silverware and scraps.. it's inspiring. Makes me think fondly of my own stash of trash metal.

And the glass, especially the stuff with tektites. Some of it reminds me of the latest Jupiter.

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01/18/2018 5:58 AM

A bit of different scrap.....the blades are forge welded chainsaw chains, handles are furniture scrap and deer antler, guards are bits of industrial bronze bushings, etc. Keeps me out of my wife's way on the weekends, and of course out of the bars.....

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01/18/2018 11:01 AM

Those are very cool!

All I make anymore are iron pipe robot (sort of) table lamps.

<Odd... cannot get these images to sit upright!>

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01/18/2018 11:40 AM

Yes, quite so, but will the lamps sit upright, sir?

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01/18/2018 11:43 AM

I like them! Really got that steampunk industrial look, a big trend these days.

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01/18/2018 1:22 PM

Yeah, these are Steampunk theme, I like them as well. This one was a Christmas gift to a friend, who LOVED it!

This lamp is sort of poseable, more pics:

Hmmmm... still can't get the pics in correct orientation < edit: As well, these pics are 180° off the first ones.>

I built several ceiling and wall steampunk fixtures for my house. Typical example:

Huh! This pic orients correctly.

The globes are old mason jars, bulbs are Edison style LED, about 2000 Kelvin - we do a lot of home canning, the mason jars seemed a nice blend with the warm glow of the vintage bulb selected. They turned out nice, I like these.

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01/18/2018 2:26 PM

I have had a heck of a time trying to find those Edison bubs. My tungsten bubs are about all gone now. We used to say here in Lubbock:

"Hey Bud, whatcha lookin' at"

Channel 11, good watchin'. Now it is just NBC, blah, blah, blah. OMG, Bud, not Bub. Not even Dubya.

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01/18/2018 11:39 AM

With knives like that, some of the bar frequenters might be glad you stay home, at least so they cannot start a ruckus with you.

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01/18/2018 11:49 AM

Did you canister weld the chain bits or forge weld lengths of chain?

Very interesting work by the way.

I have done a few using crane pendant cable.

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01/18/2018 11:58 AM

I have not tried a canister weld yet. I just took a bunch of worn out sawblades, wrapped them together all tangled up, then heated, fluxed, and welded gently together. Once they started to bond and get hard to hit, I was able to weld and hit them a bit harder till I had a billet. I do the same with steel wire cable. I am working on a drop point and a good sized Bowie ( 9") blade in the shop evenings.

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