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#1 Randy McDaniel

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 09:00 PM

Here's a couple of resonating sculptures that I forged and built. It's the rods that ring. The tops which are called knuckles are solid bronze. The rods are beryllium copper. Yes, very dangerous material. I wear high end respirators when working with it. The bases are steel that I have forged brazed over for the color and texture. The sculptures are mainly indoor but work outdoors, too. They sway back and forth and when they hit each other make a wonderous sound. One I made sounds like a grandfathers clock chime. Now to find a market for them.

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#2 Adam Wiebe

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 10:06 PM

Wow very nice, the heads somehow remind of African sculpture or something[lol]

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 03:35 AM

Nice, I love the finish on the base.[hysterical]

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 03:38 AM

Cool stuff! Be really careful with the beryllium copper-majorly toxic stuff .
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Posted 07 December 2009 - 08:25 AM

nice stuff [hysterical]

i;m currious about the sound...is this why you are using the beryllium copper rods? does that have anything to do with the sound quality???

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#6 Randy McDaniel

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 09:40 PM

Thanks for the feedback. Yes, the sound comes from the quality and strength of the beryllium copper rods. It's not like the usual chimes that have hollow tubes that ring. Below is a photo that shows the motion that I got from the one that sounds like the grandfathers clock chime. This goes for about 5 minutes.

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 03:27 PM

Dude, those are awesome. Is the beryllium copper only a problem while working it --like sanding and welding-- but is otherwise still safe once you are complete?

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 03:36 PM

Short answer is yes very if the particulates are inhaled.from any workings or even during a fire.
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#9 Randy McDaniel

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 06:41 AM

Beryllium copper is very dangerous when working with it. It's safe when work is finished. Grinding and sanding is the most dangerous, but heating it is also dangerous. Thing is a quality repirator is what you need. I also found the double filter respirators are actually easier to breathe with than the face masks and do a much better job of filtration. I know people that have died in using beryllium copper, but they never used a repirator.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:01 AM

These are really cool, nice work

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 04:12 PM

Those are really cool, what a great idea!
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#12 Kenji

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 11:00 AM

dude these are really cool lol the like their faces looks like they are in a chorus

#13 Randy McDaniel

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 12:13 PM

Kenji, funny that you would say that. That's the title of the sculpture, "the choir". I guess I did my job. Thanks!

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