some Pics of Process of Forming Heron Sculpture

by shelbyvision on January 3, 2009

To satisfy your curiosity, I’m posting these pictures of the early stages of the forming of the heron sculpture. I didn’t take any more pictures of the process because it gets too time-consuming and distroys my momentum, but these show quite a bit about how it’s done. Pic1 shows a wood die I made for the first water bird. I’m using a domed punch to force the metal into the cavity of the die. Pic2 shows the results. The waves get flattened out with a hammer against a small stake. In pic3 I’m using a cross-peen hammer and a steel die to start the curvature of the beak. Pic4 shows the piece after much forming over a stake, similar to the way a bowl is made. You can see how it is approaching closure. It will take at least one more annealing to reach full closure of the seam. After the seam is soldered, the whole surface can be hammered to create a smooth surface, but it can only be made smaller; if any part doesn’t stick out enough, all that can be done is to hammer everything else further in. It’s a challenging process, and I love doing it.

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shelbyvision January 4, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Thank you, Michael. I received a comment to my previous post from Cynthia Eid, see http://shelbyvision.userblogs.ganoksin.coms/2009/01/02/another-water-bird-sculpture-in-hammer-formed-brass/#comment-69. She points out that the form would be referred to as a “spiculum”.
You can see my work on my website, If you click on “shelbyvision” at the top of this post, it will take you there.

Michael Johnson January 4, 2009 at 11:45 am

Now I understand. My first assumption by your description was that you were starting with a tube, but you are using a tube making technique (or bowl making technique). That’s very cool.

Thank you for posting this. Do you have a portfolio of your works online?
Beautiful work :o)

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