Anatomy of a “Start Over”

I took several weeks off this summer and was really raring to go when I got back. I could not wait to get back into the studio and start creating again.

I had planned and drawn a new project before I left. I even sent all the drawings to the laser cutter so they would be ready when I returned.

So, day one at the studio was all set…I thought!

I had a plan in my mind on how this whole concept was to work (more on that in a later blog post). The plan was to make the piece and then run with the idea for other pieces to create a series.

Sounded easy enough.

I do a lot of “pre engineering” so that the problems are all worked out before I actually start putting things together. It just is a lot easier that way. Plus when I am designing something new, it is stuck in my head and I think about it all the time. So when I wake up at 4:30am and have an idea in my head, there is plenty of time for “pre engineering”.

Except for this one!

I was not quite sure how this one was going to fit together. And that was kinda an important aspect of a piece which has a number of parts.

Well to make a long story short. It didn’t work the way I wanted it to.

I didn’t like it at all.

Enough talk.  Check it out.

Here is what I started with;

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Then I tried to put it together;

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Looked it over and changed some things;

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Then took it to the saw and cut it apart;

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As they say…back to the drawing board.

I don’t know if I just got rusty by being gone for so long, or just had a half-baked idea in my head in the first place. But it didn’t just roll off the table like I had hoped.

If you have had a failed project that you were able to rework into something good, I would love to hear about it…I need the inspiration.

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PS.  I did not give up on the idea. I reworked it for a while and came up with a great sculpture. But more on that later…

 

 

 

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Turtles are Interesting…

All my life I have loved seeing the sea turtles in our area, so in looking for things as inspiration for my art they were a natural attraction.   Here is a sneak peek at some I am working on now.  I thought the sun shining through them was interesting.

I’ll show you the finished piece in a couple of weeks.

A Tree by the Sea

I received a phone call the other day from a recent transplant to the area. He had built a house on the water and wanted some metal work for the outside of the house.

We talked about the design and location and came up with a simple tree which was to be mounted on the exterior of the fireplace brickwork.

I laid the design out in chalk on work table and started cutting the round stock.

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After each piece was cut and shaped, I carefully placed it on the drawing. Not thinking that they would never stay in place when I started welding.

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I got them all connected and the welds cleaned up, so it was ready to be powder coated.

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The mounting was simple because I had added L brackets to the tree which slid into eye bolts anchored in the brick. If there is ever a need to do touchup work on the finish (I did say they lived on the water didn’t I) all they need to do is lift the tree off the eye bolts and do the work.

I think it turned out great and I was proud of the new owners reaction.

Let me know what you think;

Send me your thoughts at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

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“Return to Topsail”

I have a real fascination with the sea turtles which nest on the beaches in our area. There is something about the fact they always nest in the same beach where they were born. Somehow they find their way back after a lifetime of ocean going adventure to dig a nest and lay the eggs for another generation.

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Being an artist, I love the structure of their shell and the way it looks like plates of armor, connected by sinew. So I wanted to create a design which worked with that concept but allowed those spaces to be open.

In my first effort I had made a set of large turtles.

This time I set out to make them in a smaller format.

So it was back to the computer to design a smaller shell and still keep the original concept going.

I think the design transferred to the smaller size. These were mounted on the same stand as if they were swimming together in some wild sea.

I have titled them, “Return to Topsail”  after one of the islands where they nest.  They will be in an art council show which opens tomorrow and runs through the month.

I plan to create more in this series, so keep watching.

I hope you enjoy them, I would love to hear your comments.

You can email me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com or just use the form below.

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New Nativity Pieces

 

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This is a photo of the manger I designed for this Christmas. It is about 8 inches wide and is made of stainless steel

But all I made were immediately snatched up as soon as they arrived and there was no time to make any more.

If you were one of those who asked me about having one, or you are interested in starting the collection, send me your email address and I will contact you next season and make sure you have one reserved.

I will also be making additional pieces next year, and adding to it every year afterwards.

It should be a fun process of seeing what we add each Christmas.

So if you missed it this year and are interested in celebrating the nativity with me, drop me a line via Facebook or at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

Oh, and I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

Steve

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The Other Kind of Osprey

Being that I live in a Marine town (and there are a number of helicopter units stationed here) I have seen a lot of ospreys.

Not the bird, but the tiltrotor V22 Osprey.

I have made a number of osprey wall sculptures as gifts for Marines. But this time it was different.

The owner of a local restaurant, The Osprey Grill,  wanted a large sculpture for the wall in his reception area. I was thrilled to do “the other osprey” and set out to see just what one should look like on the wall.

I looked all over the internet for photos and different flight positions.  I wanted something that would look good and fit into the space available.

I finally settled on the talons down wings up design.

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The copper and black contrast was interesting and after two other paint jobs I knew I has found the best finish.

Well, I hung it this week and I think it turned out great. I am proud to have it in a great restaurant where it can be enjoyed by his patrons.

So go by The Osprey Grill and have a great dinner… and look for the Osprey on your way in.

 

I would love to hear your comments;

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Art All Around You

Here is a quick one for you.

These guys could have just made a regular handrail…but NO!

I am a metal worker,  so I appreciate what they did for the front of this business.

And as I have said before..I am adding it to the “Find Art Where It Is” project list.

And that makes it art.

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Get look, art is everywhere. We just have to find it.

If you see some, I would love to have you share it with me.

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