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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.

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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 www.artcastmt.com.  Thanks and look forward to hearing from you - Gary! 


cabinet

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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


Just finished

I just finished up this fossil mount for a client.  The ammonite fossil slab is about 22'x28"x3" and weighs a bit over a hundred pounds, I would guess.  The size and weight made designing a wall mounting system a bit of a challenge, but I finally decided to mount it much as though it was a big precious stone set in a piece of jewelry.  The prongs are silicon bronze and the remainder is stainless steel, as it is mounted on an outdoor gallery wall and has to be rust proof.fossilfossilfossil mountedfossil mounted


Spoon Handle Fish

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This sculpture is made using mild steel rod , some mild steel sheet while the rest is made using the handle portion of stainless steel flatware spoons. It is around 30 inches in length. It is a wall hanger. franK


Chain

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Tree With Swing

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Pollard Willow

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Nike

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