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Help for my design project.

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I'm doing an MA Industrial Design course and my brief for this project is to design a gift. My idea involves metal art and the use of rust.
I want to create a piece of art where the metal will rust by itself into a specific image that I have previously created.

Using borax in investment mix

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I read somewhere that a sculptor uses borax in the water to retard the plaster based investment when he is applying it by hand to the wax before pouring the investment. I ran a test: I took two soup cans with equal amounts of water. Into one I put a healthy pinch of borax and let it dissolve thoroughly. Then I put equal amounts of my usual plaster/ludo/brick dust investment mix in both cans. The can with plain water set up as usual. The can with borax has never set up. That was five days ago.

A New Journey.... Repousse, Chasing and Enamel Work

I love creating almost anything!  There isn't enough time in a day to contribute through creativity.  Metal work is something I've been enjoying and repousse, chasing and enamel work is something I've become OBSESSED with.  

Metal globe as garden art

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Globe ...Globe, not rusted


Hi all, I just registered and am looking forward to the benefits this site might provide for me professionally and personally.  I have been reading some of the posts and replies and am very impressed with the professionalism and support provided.  

Brass Bell alloy


I have to cast some big brass bells. I think I can produce good castings of the bells but what composition of brass to use to make the sound loud and sonorous beats me.

I will be grateful for any advice offered.

Inlaying wire in pebbles

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Does anyone know how one can inlay metal wire etc. into stone?  I collected a bunch of stones on my last trip to Utah and would love to drill them and dress them up a little.

About "Styracosaurus!"

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I built Styracosaurus! out of 100% aluminum.  It weighs approximately 2,000 lbs., and measures 22-feet long by 7-feet tall.  Its eyes are made of silicon bronze, and it is the first in a series that I envision building.  

Looking for a bronze foundry metal chaser.


Established fine art bronze foundry is looking for a talented individual who's skillful at welding, grinding and assembly of bronzes.  Require experience with assembly of small pieces up to monumental pieces.  We work a four day week Mon-Thurs which allows you time to work on your own art or enjoy all that the Gallatin valley has to offer.  We offer many benefits.  Check out our website at  Thanks and look forward to hearing from you - Gary! 



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Creating something new is always a learning experience. I have learned I am not meant to be a furniture maker. Our dining room has a weird alcove that must have been designed to be a closet or bar. Having a little spare time and steel, I decided to make a cabinet to fit in the space and give us a spot for our glass fountain. I measured, re-measured and started cutting and welding. As always, the piece got heavier as it grew. The finished cabinet is 46" tall, 57" long and 27" deep. Moving it out of the shop, across the gravel driveway, up the steps into the house and finally to the dining room was not fun. Our dollies were not big enough or wouldn't roll on the gravel. We only tipped it over a couple of times. When we finally got it in place we realized that the one thing I hadn't checked was whether or not the walls were plumb! They weren't even close. The piece wouldn't fit, we were about 3/16 shy even after the fudge factor I had allowed. My husband had several suggestions of how to fix the problem (including taking the piece back to the shop, which was not going to happen!). I am not known for my patience. Ignoring his ideas, I got a hammer and started removing dry wall. We slide the piece in place and I patched the exposed dry wall corner. It is not moving in our lifetimes. I tiled the top with glass tile and Phil installed track lights to highlight the glass. If I ever do any more furniture it will be free standing works! Lin

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