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#127527 Copper Octopus

Posted by Teenylittlemetalguy on 15 February 2015 - 10:57 AM

This was a birthday gift I made a while back.
Body was 1" cu pipe. Legs were solid ground wire. Forged to a taper and TIG welded into the body.
At the time I couldn't find a patina I liked so decided time will take care of it.if I were to remake it I would finish that portion. Took a couple tries to get a body I was happy with. My main learning moment here was I should have attached the legs before going to the body. I welded each one in separately. Although I do think it has a more flowing style because of that. But what a huge pain to try and not burn through the thin sheet 8 times. I was a nervous wreck at the time. Wouldn't be so bad now, but bundling would save a huge amount of effort.image.jpg

#127684 Not a hatchet!

Posted by nobodyspecial on 02 April 2015 - 07:44 AM

So, something from a lawnmower, but not a knife or hatchet. 


Everyone dogs on lawnmower blades and railroad spikes as an inferior steel because "They make lousy blades".  So my question is, why use them directly for that?  If you must, forge weld a bit in. It's not so hard.


But why not use them for the other ten thousand things you can make with mild steel? I like lawnmower blades in particular as a long bar with holes in it.  They make good hinges, coat racks.......well, anything you can make out of a bar with holes in it.


This rustic (because my kids worked on it, so we won't call it ugly.... :P That's also why the hooks are unevenly sized, etc.) coathanger started life as a lawnmower blade. Something especially fun, you can fill the hole in the middle with a coin, with slight drifting, or slump glass into it, similarly to a frederick's cross.



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#127193 Kinetic sculpture magic fish

Posted by Mansurov on 07 January 2015 - 07:14 AM

Good day dear friends

I would like to present my first work

"Kinetic sculpture magic fish"


and i would like to see your commnets and also if you have any questions, you are welcome.


Additional information

More than 700 parts,
8 moving parts:
5 fins
rotation about an axis
Decision Makers star
23 movement mechanisms
Material: brass, bronze.
Size: 900x450x500mm

#127087 King salmon

Posted by grumpycricket on 21 December 2014 - 09:20 AM

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#127959 A few of my more recent projects

Posted by Everything Mac on 07 August 2015 - 03:38 PM

Things have changed significantly since the last time I posted up something I've made on here. 


I'm a terrible photographer and most of these were made a few months ago now but heres a few bits and bobs. 


"Dragon bottle opener" 





Little "mushrooms" 






The start of a horse shoe "heart" 




Which goes into making one of these Letter stands





This is the start of a dragon style poker I've been playing around with. I'd like to make them a bit more dragon looking though 






Finally this is a handle for a fire rake I made. I really love this design it feels great in the hand and looks nice too. 




Thanks for looking 



#127888 Desk Lamp

Posted by BucketObolts on 10 July 2015 - 09:53 AM

This is the first one in a couple years. Both wrenches are from Ford tractors.



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#127829 Upcycled Copper Bracelets

Posted by Metaling In Art on 01 June 2015 - 08:04 AM

Here are a few of the different bracelets that I have made from upcycled copper tubing after finishing a kitchen project that ended up with a lot of plumbing changes. Still

trying to learn the proper lengths to start with to get the correct size when done. I made some round ended punches from scrap .360" wire to try different looks on the different bracelets.






#127788 Kinetic metal sculpture

Posted by Alex Sanson on 29 April 2015 - 05:47 PM

New video of kinetic interactive metal sculpture  :)


Giddy Pirouette


Steel, bearings, wax and linseed oil. about 1.5m high.


Here is the YouTube link, I'll try and embed it below,





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#127520 Russian Rose Ring

Posted by trying-it on 12 February 2015 - 10:28 AM

A little something I forged, all steel.



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#127387 Ball Bearings, Bits n Pieces

Posted by API653 on 26 January 2015 - 04:16 PM

More tinkering in my shop when the day job doesn't interfere.

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#127235 FISHERMAN Nuts & Bolts

Posted by IronWolf on 11 January 2015 - 10:32 AM

made this a long time back for my dad just found the pic's thought Idd Post

one is the river bank fisherman done frist

well next year -- You just have to have a drift boat fisherman to !!! LOL

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#122770 New Sheriff In Town

Posted by BucketObolts on 14 May 2013 - 05:55 PM

Finished this guy the other day. He's about 16 inches tall.

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#122740 Rejected again

Posted by Rich Waugh on 06 May 2013 - 04:27 PM


One thing I meant to mention earlier - You refer to the situation with the gallery/store as your work being "rejected again." I have had galleries decline my work and I've had my stuff in a consignment shop (once, forty years ago, never again) where it was returned to me as non-sellers. I've also had pieces fail to make the cut in juried exhibitions. BUT - I try never to think of it as being rejected. Instead, I consider that the venue and my work were simply not compatible or that those particular pieces may have needed more work. Just NOT "rejected." There's too much emotional weight that hitchhikes along on that word so I keep it out of my vocabulary whenever possible. Little things like changing the terms I use often allow me to get a different and usually better perspective and keep me thinking positively so I can produce.

#122688 Rejected again

Posted by ShawnM on 01 May 2013 - 10:00 AM

I've come to the conclusion that I do what I do because I want to, not because I expect to make a living from it. Most requests I get are from people who want something for next to nothing, or they want it tomorrow. I do occasionally give stuff to friends/family, and if I have something "in stock" I'll sell it, but the chances of either of those are not great. If a commission that I can accommodate comes my way I'm happy for it but if not, then the next thing I make is for me and I'll enjoy it myself. I'm done with stressing about whether or not I have a profitable business.

#122436 Chess Set

Posted by BucketObolts on 20 March 2013 - 07:12 AM

I started a chess set a few weeks ago. I have all 32 pieces built. The pawn is just over 2 inches. The King is right at 7 inches.
The plan is the have the white players all shined up, and the black with be done in Black Magic.

The board is next. I am having some tile cut to 2.25 inch squares. I don't have the frame all planned out yet.But I did get the table legs done. The board should sit above a table about 5 inches or so. The legs are 4 inches.

I'll update as I make progress.

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#122113 Steampunk Forever

Posted by pmartinknives on 25 January 2013 - 05:28 PM

Another Steampunk folder with ladder pattren blade, watch parts, fabbed fittings and Mokume accents.
Thanks for taking a look,


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#122068 Desk Lamp V8.0

Posted by BucketObolts on 16 January 2013 - 07:20 PM

Here is #8

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#121929 Imperial Shuttle

Posted by MnT on 30 December 2012 - 08:05 PM

This is an Imperial Shuttle from Star Wars. A friends wife asked if I could make one for my friends birthday. I said I would give it a try.

I think it turned out ok. I gave it some battle scars, which I think add to it. Sorry, I don't have any pre-battle scar pics.

All made with scrap from the various piles in and around the house. I gave it a copper windshield for some color.

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#121790 so you want to build a horse

Posted by scrapartoz on 16 December 2012 - 12:33 AM

Here are some shots of the almost finished work. hope you like

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#121679 so you want to build a horse

Posted by Rich Waugh on 04 December 2012 - 10:46 PM

Andrew writ: "I will give it my best shot."

That, my friend, will be far more than just sufficient, believe me. This entire piece is already awe-inspiring and there is no reason to think that the head of Taylor will be anything less. What I see so far bears this out completely.

The finished piece most assuredly will be a museum-worthy piece of art that will completely floor the clients and all who view it through time. Every hour you spend agonizing over the meticulous selection and perfect preparation/assembly of each and every part of this sculpture is time well spent and is reflected in the final effect. I have seen a lot of so-called "junkyard" art and this piece is far and away the best of the lot, elevating the genre to a new pinnacle.

With most of your work, and this piece in particular, I think you have raised the bar to the point that those who discount the genre as being somehow less than true Art will have to reconsider their position. Well done, my friend!