jelly rail

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Well, I got that railing job and thanks to any here that wished me luck. The customer didn't go for the bronze though, oh well.

Stephen Fitz-Gerald's picture


Stephen Fitz-Gerald
These look SWEEET!
Can't wait to see the rail...

Rich Waugh's picture

Glad to hear you got the

Glad to hear you got the job, Kevin! Too bad they wouldn't bite on the bronze - maybe next time!


Ries's picture

Those are very cool. Tell us

Those are very cool.
Tell us more- what size, are they tapered first, how did you twist em?

SteelyJan38's picture


Excellent!!! glad you got the job, didn't see your design, but these pieces look interesting and fun! Bronze is so least here in the NE...good luck, keep us posted...Steelyjan38

KevinW's picture

T%Hanks Stephen, I love

T%Hanks Stephen, I love working organic shapes and techniques.

I'm glad too Rich, I'm not so upset about the bronze as I'm more confortable with steel anyhoo.

Ries, glad you asked.
These are 1/2" round cut to ~60" tappered on the old hammer then cut in half making two pcs about 4' long. Got the hammer work down to 4 heats and I got really good at sitting down to work at the hammer Ahhh.
To twist them I put the fat end of the tapper in the vise with about 1' of hot material just out beond the jaws, yanked the cold end near perpendicular to the jaws and then went into this windmill kinda move, maby like cranking a Modle T. I diddn't really twist like you would with a machine or a wrench, the twist occures from going round and round. Some are bunched up kind of like a rubber band will do if you keep twisting it untill it doubles back on itself. The little ends handeled with tongs and requireing a true twisting motion.

Steely theres a image in here somewhere named jellyfish , its the concept for the rail and the newls will be like that, the rest will be panels that hold glass up the stair and around the balcony.


Rich Waugh's picture

Kevin, Thanks for the


Thanks for the description of the twisting/winding process - made perfect sense to me. Maybe I'm twisted?

It sounds like this is going to be a really nice looking project when finished - do you have a sketch of the plan concept? I'm looking forward to seeing some progress pictures.

Working with silicon bronze is no big deal, once you get over thinking about just how much the stuff is worth. It's only the first few hundred bucks' worth that makes you sweat, after that it's just like forging anything else (just more zeroes after the dollar sign). (Grin) At least you don't have to worry about rust...


eligius1427's picture

love the look of the pieces

love the look of the pieces and thanks for the description of the fabrication process. I'll definitely have to give it a try sometime and play with it. The outcome is very organic and it would seem to me unpredictable, but they all look fairly linear and fluid. Really nice work! The project sounds fun, keep posting progress pics when you can.


Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE