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    Sculpture with Welding: Robot lost an arm, almost done!!

    This being only my second piece, I still am a green horn when it comes to oxy-acetylene. It took me three tries before the shell even came out looking half way right, and at one point I didn't realize I was using too much oxygen and that part of the steel became too crunchy to even use. but once I became more accustomed to this gauge of metal, It was almost smooth sailing apart from some burns. Any questions or critiques welcome, I want to know what people like or hate about it, even if it pertains only to the style.

    I had this posted in WIP, but not really getting any welders there. Now that it's done (for now), I figured I should put it here, and see if anybody else who welds will pop up.

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    awesome work man. I love metal sculptures. I've always wanted to make one but I don't have the tools. I like how you made it look so organic. great job.

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    lovvvvve the idea! great creativity. looks good man.

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    @Android4: depending on where you live, you might be able to rent studio space or even the gas tanks or tools themselves. Look around and see what you find! thanks for the reply too, SrStewart! (do you pronounce that senor, senior, or just SR?)

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    I love it! That is one big chunk of metal. Are you using mild steel? Thats my fav. I have a Oxy-A rig too! Have you ever tried using the tip called a rosebud.
    Its great for the kind of stuff you are doing.You can melt some nice shapes! I really like the snail's shell and the fact that he is so slow moving that trees grow on him! The leaves are really nice too. I really love metal work, don't know if you saw my copper sheilds that I posted. Check them out !

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    @ Mah ' Crub:Yeah, I have! I'll post it later, but I used it to shape my first project, an angler fish helmet. The only things that I used the rosebud on was to shape the body and the spiral part of the shell, but I really like using it. I get so hot using it in the shed, but then I realize that I can see my breath! Just like with your shields I also used repouss'e. Have you ever used an english wheel to shape?

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    I sure do, I love my english wheel! Its such an ancient tool, and it works so beautifully! Metal is a great medium.

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    Angler Fish Helmet

    Well, here's my first attempt at sculptural welding. The assignent was to make a mask, so I made an angler fish helmet. I made the mistake of using relatively thick steel on this so it was pretty tough for a first project, but it actually worked out since this is a "helmet" and all. I installed the switch under the tail.

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    That looks like you had a lot of fun doing that mask. Really cool idea, and I love the "dangly bits", the light is great!
    Having fun are we? Your pic's look like you are enjoying yourself. What could be better than enjoying your art work with friends.
    Cool stuff.

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    I better be having fun since these were taken on Halloween. Hey, did you notice the horrible job I did with the plasma cutter on the body? I actually had to rough up the edges on the jaw just to make them match. At one point a brick slipped, and my fish ended up with a hair lip. Do you have a plasma cutter?

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    Oh Fish, Oh Fish, Oh Fishie

    I can only wish I had a plazma cutter,{ be still, my beating heart !} I have lusted for one of those for a long time! Maybe someday.
    Your fish reminded me of the giant fish in the movie " Baron Moonchausen,"
    Ever see it? IT's one of my fav's, super trippy visuals. If not check it out, you will see your fish about 2/3 through. Great movie.
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    Oh my god, that's on of those things that you remember from childhood but cannot for the life of you remember the name. Thank you for reminding me!!!

    When I was telling my brother about the plasma cutter, he said, "What the fuck is that, and why does it sound so awesome?!" The name sounds like it clould be a weapon from the fallout series. I take it that you've used one somewhere, right?

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    Hi, that's great, and your brother is right, it does have that sound of si- fy about it. " Beam up the PLAZMA CUTTER Scotty, and several of those hot plazma-ranion chicks too !
    I must admit I'am a virg when it comes to plazma cutters, I just use the Oxy-Ac. I would love to wrap my fingers around one and really do some fast clean cutting, but they are soooo expensive! Right now I am doing the whole starving artist bit, { not what it's cracked up to be },so no money to buy new tools or toys, but as a by-product, I am writing a cookbook, One hundred and one ways to prepare Rat. And I am just in time for the holidays!!!!

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    Trust me, I know. The only reason I've even used one is because the studio at my school has one, and unless you get the angle just right it's anything but clean, so curves are a bitch. I used the oxy-a to cut the snail since it was such thin metal, but in my 8-hour-a-day marathon to get it done I got sloppy and dropped a piece on my leg. Good thing I was wearing cotton, or else I would've had napalm in my skin! At least the burn is scarring in an interesting shape.
    And put me on the pre-order list for your cookbook! If you're hungry, you can go ahead and eat my friend in the froot loops box up there.

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    Sorry to hear of your burn, they are no fun. You really need to wear a leather apron, and watch out for falling slag landing in your shoes. That will make you dance a jig. Thanks, I am always hungry these days, I am already down to a size 33" waist band, and sliding towards 32". That's the same size I was in high school ! Oh well, better to be thin I think. Fruit Loops????

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    All that's in my student budget is to be reeaally careful. I guess I'll start saving up, though. As for the froot loops, it's in the second picture of the fish post.

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    look nice, both of ur works
    never had any experience working with metal

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    Do you have a course on it offered near you? If you do you should definately try it. Sometimes working with fill rod is like looking at a lava lamp. And there's more than just welding! What mediums do you do?
    [edit] Sorry, totally spaced. I know what you work in.

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    Heh, nice mask! I really love the snail...it must be hard and dangerous to work with metal. Sharp edges, ouch!

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    You have no idea...when I was shaping the snail, not a day went by that I did not head to the first-aid box for band-aids. I'm hoping that it was just beginner's bad luck, but knowing how clumsy I am, I don't know.

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    Hey Chicka, thanks for making me a friend of yours, gosh,{ shuffel, shuffel, gulp, gulp,} LOL, thanks. Hey , saw your profile pic! You are a pretty girl! except for that unfortunate birth mark on your cheek. Or is that a snail,,, or is it just a snail shaped bugger on your cheek,, ooooo girl, get a kleenex ! How was Christmas? Good I hope. I here Oregon is beautiful, I would love to visit it some day, I here "Humble" is a good place to go!. I answered your question on my profile page, hope you got it.
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    You think that ones good, look at this
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    Christmas was good, I got a tablet (my Christmas AND birthday present, they're so expensive) and HAM . I played alot with it (the tablet, not the HAM), look in my sketchbook to see the angry, angry baby I drew. I read your message, and thanks for being my friend. I don't quite get what you're talking about when you say "Humble", though. And how was your Christmas?

    It'll probably be a while until I make more metal sculptures, so I'll put some filler of clay ones from years past.

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    My Journey of Clay Crap

    I've done alot more than this, but I didn't feel I needed to subject anyone to anymore than I put up.
    So this:
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    This was the first bust I made, probably sophmore year of highschool. There wasn't a sculpture program, only a pottery program (and even that was gone by the time I graduated), so I kinda didn't know what the hell I was doing, but dog gone it, I was doing it!

    Like this!:
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    I cringe just looking at this St. Sebastian, but I have to remind myself that I had to build it up hollow without an armature, and again, I didn't know what I was doing. Everything warped. I can still smell the mold. Oh, and it wasn't finished in this photo.

    This was the first thing I did last year in my first sculpture course:
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    I feel alot better about this one, even if the eyes are lopsided.


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    I like them, { the sculpts } the last one the most I think. Most people have lopsided eyes, at least, I do. Well all the good people do, I am sure.

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    Back in the saddle with Ragnar

    One and a half hours to sculpt, wanted to do something quick and dirty. This one's for you, Jiangzu!

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    That's great ! She is going to love it!

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    Squee! That looks like my little crawdad alright. Very cute!! About how big is he?

    Why have I not commented in this thread before now? That snail is awesome. And that anglerfish helmet? OMG I WANT ONE. I love anglerfish.

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    Told you she'd love it !!!! lol

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    Jiangzu: I know how you feel. I love anything with fins. Thankyou for liking my crap!
    'Crub: Okay, okay. I guess now I owe you a round of that mead you like so much.

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    Love the lobster. Haven't been in this bit before. Looking forward to the seagull for seagulls - they are very crafty and will take over the world.

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