Frog on a Lotus Leaf, Hammer-formed Brass

by shelbyvision on June 8, 2009

I made this sculpture for my daughter Stephanie’s 27th birthday. When she was little she would spend hours trying to catch frogs at the edge of our pond. When we arrived at Stephanie’s house for her birthday celebration, her daughter, age three, greeted us, all excited, showing us a toad she had in her hand!

I wanted to make this out of one piece, and since I had never done anything quite like it before, I was not sure if it would even work. It turned out to not be all that difficult, although I had to make some new tools to do it. It started out with raising on a stake, like making an off-center bowl shape. The first four pictures show that part of the process.
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It was looking a lot like a hat, which made me think about making a real hat, but I digress. the frog details were mostly pushed out from the inside, using a sand bag for backup, then refined further from the outside. I would have liked the nose to be longer, but the metal was getting dangerously thin, so it had to stop there.
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The pictures of the finished piece were taken with my new Nikon D60 camera, which I’m still trying to learn how to use. 🙂

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Oliver Dunagan May 8, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Sir,
You inspire me to continue with the studies I began some years ago. I have work mostly with copper and have raised a few bowls, vases and sunk and raised several small and large birdbaths.
I will be retiring from my “real Job” soon. My wife died early last year. I now focus on what I want to do. I too like figuring out how. I have made many of my own stakes, hammers, mallets, sandbag. I upended a large flowerpor (plastic) and screwed down to double layer of 2 x wood stock. Then cut off the bottom now on top and filled with several bag of concrete. Inset all thread bolts with template of vise base . Added casters to bottom. now have heavy stable base vise/stake holder.That I can roll around with some effort and stands up to hammering with out moving much.

Best wishes
Oliver

Kay Taylor July 10, 2009 at 1:28 am

Steve, thanks for sharing your wonderful work and the process in photos. Lucky daughter!

shelbyvision June 9, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Thank you, Hans, Hanuman, Yleana. Your comments are much appreciated. 🙂

Yleana June 9, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Very nice! The nose is delightful.

Hanuman June 9, 2009 at 8:37 pm

very very cool! Stephanie must be very happy with it…i know i would ;-P

Hans Meevis June 9, 2009 at 8:05 am

Really nice work, and the pictures are excellent as well.

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