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Introducing myself

Hello to all, glad to be a new member of this incredible place, so much talent and beautiful artwork that it's really inspiring. I've been a sheet metal worker as a press brake mechanic for a while and before that a pipe-fitter so metal is the medium I am used to be in contact with. I finished six months ago the metal entryway shown below, haven't painted it lacking time (family!!!) and job constraints.

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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