Hammer-formed Bronze Urn

by shelbyvision on August 1, 2010

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It’s been way too long since my last post. It seems I’ve just been much too busy. Lately I’ve been preoccupied with this big project, which was prompted by a heads-up from Brad Severtson, who showed me a link to an exhibition for funerary art: http://www.funeria.com/.
I wanted it to be something special, and to push my skills to the limit. The bronze is much harder to work than brass or copper, but it’s beauty, I think, makes it worth the effort. I did something I have never tried before on this piece: welding. I started working with bronze about a year ago, and was told how easy it is to weld. This is the first piece on which I’ve taken advantage of that. I had to do some practice with scraps to figure out how to get the best results. Fortunately, I was able to get it done without any major goofs. It made me very nervous, because if I messed up, there would be 30-some hours of work down the drain, and I would never get myself to start the whole thing over again. The welding was done with an oxy-acetylene torch. Due to the nature of the weld joint, it turned out I didn’t need any filler metal. The welded part is the scalloped edge that joins the top to the bottom of the vessel. Here’s a detail picture:
I decided to repeat the weld texture on the rim of the lid, which I did the same way, except nothing was being joined.
I have some process pics that I took along the way, and I will be posting about the process when I get the time.

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mikehelbing August 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

Nice one Steve.Well

shelbyvision August 1, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Thank you.
At this point, I have yet to enter the competition, and I won’t know whether it’s been accepted until the end of August. If it sells during the year that they have it (if accepted), then I may consider making more for them in the future. This one will have a very high price tag, though, it took me over 75 hours to make.

Bentiron August 1, 2010 at 6:57 pm

That’s a beautiful work of art. Are you going to be making urns for Funeria in the future or making your own line of urns to sell on Etsy? I know you make them for pets. I used to years ago cast an occasional custom urn for various artist who had done them on request for some of their clientèle but I didn’t realize that it had grown into such a market. I guess now that so many folk are more mobile than in the past they may want to take their kin with them as they move around and also some no longer believe in the resurrection of the dead cremation isn’t looked down on so much. Could be a good market if you get enough money per urn. Gives a whole new meaning to how much do you “urn”.

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