Experimenting with New Forms, Part 2

by shelbyvision on 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 picture shows the styrofoam ball covered with masking tape, the line drawn and cut. When the tape is pulled off and flattened out it looks like the second picture, which also shows the cutouts of brass. This time it’s two pieces, so I can use a stake on the inside to refine the form. I decided I liked the appearance when the metal overlaps at the edge as it goes around. This makes a strong form that can be soldered. Overlapping created some geometry problems that I had to deal with, some extra hammering to lengthen the strip incrementally to allow for the thickness of the metal. The third picture shows the larger part all soldered, ready for the end piece. The end piece I had ready to go turned out to be much too small and shaped all wrong, so I had to make a new one, see the fourth picture. The fifth picture shows the end piece in place ready for soldering.
The finished piece. The stand was modelled after a piece I had sitting on my shelf for about seven years, just a little experiment that never had gone anywhere, suddenly brought to life. The “orb” has a 1″ steel ball inside to give it a little extra magic. The whole thing is 7″ tall.
Magic Orb 1Magic Orb 2Magic Orb 3

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

shelbyvision November 3, 2009 at 8:07 am

Paap, I use a big torch, turn off most of the lights, and heat it until it glows red, and let it cool. It’s annealed.

Paap November 3, 2009 at 6:05 am

I would like to ask you how to anneal brass sheet 60/40.
Thanks in advance.


shelbyvision April 9, 2009 at 6:19 am

Thanks, Jason.
Second answer is correct. It’s also fun to roll around on a flat surface.

jason April 8, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Bad ass, as always.

What’s the steel ball for? Extra weight? A kinetic surprise when it’s picked up? Lovely dulcet tones?

shelbyvision April 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Thanks, Jerry.
I could go bigger, or smaller (jewelry), I don’t know yet. I might do both. I’d like next to try some different shapes besides spheres.

Jerry Fowler April 8, 2009 at 3:57 pm

These are very nice. They are sort of like David Huang’s work only totally enclosed. Are you going bigger with them?

Pam Chott April 8, 2009 at 9:56 am

Lovely, evocative form. Just begs to be touched and held. Yes, it’s a little magic.

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