Spinning Top Spinning

September 30, 2010

An addendum to my previous post: Well, I had been afraid to try it, fearing that it might careen out of control, not knowing what to expect, but it turned out to be very well behaved. It stays pretty much in one spot, very well balanced, spinning smoothly, until slowing down when it wobbles a […]

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“Silver Streak” Spinning (hopefully) Top

September 27, 2010

My local gallery is putting on an exhibition of hand-made toys done by it’s member artists, So I decided to make a top. This turned out to be a bigger challenge than expected, because a top, to spin well has to be well balanced, not an easy achievement on something that is hammered out by […]

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Making the Bronze Urn

August 30, 2010

I posted the pictures of the finished piece a few weeks ago, in my previous post, Hammer-formed Bronze Urn, and now I’ll try to show a little about how I made it. I’ll start with the bottom bowl-shaped part of the urn. It started out as a 13″ disc. The bronze is pretty hard, so […]

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Hammer-formed Bronze Urn

August 1, 2010

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 […]

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Wiggly Thing #1, hammer-formed brass

May 17, 2010

This is the first in a series of one of a kind pieces I plan to do. It was fun because I had no specific end in mind; I had no idea when I started how it would end up. The cutout I started with (first picture) was a leftover scrap of brass that I […]

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Free-form Brass Trumpet

May 11, 2010

After I made the base for “Emergence”, it was obvious that I had to make a horn with a similar shape. I’m not a horn player of any kind whatsoever, but I do know the principle of how it’s supposed to work. I can produce a few tortured notes on it. I would love to […]

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Making the base part of “Emergence”

March 8, 2010

This sculpture (see previous post) was a big project, so I’m breaking up the process into several parts. The base was the first part I made, and the first attempt was a failure. I did not realize that the stem portion needed to be bent into its final almost-upright position before closing up and silver-soldering […]

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“Emergence” hammer-formed bronze sculpture

March 1, 2010

That’s what I’m calling this for now. It’s based on a quick doodle that was probably subconsciously inspired by Dr. Seuss. After it was done, I tried to figure out what it is, and it seems to be about birth, or the emergence of a seed in plant terms, since it looks mostly plant-like, but […]

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Heart on a Stem, Part Two

January 18, 2010

Last year I made a brass and copper heart, and posted about it here. I said in my post that it only took two hours to make, but that must have been beginner’s luck, because when I tried that technique again, it was almost impossible to solder, because when heated, the seams tended to open […]

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Work in Progress: “Super Bowl Challenge”

January 10, 2010

Here’s a fun little event I found out about on Facebook. I thought some of you here might like to join in. The idea is to make a bowl and finish it on Super Bowl Sunday, and then upload a picture of it to the Flickr site. Here’s a link with all the information: http://hammermarks.wordpress.com/2010/01…enge-2010/. […]

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