brass

MIXED METALS

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I should know the answer to this question but would like your input.
I like to mix different materials together in my art pieces. What problems have you had when mixing mild steel with copper – brass - bronze in any combination? What would you suggest to use as a barrier (if needed) for use outside/inside?


What I did on Spring Break!

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Hi everyone,

Just wanted to share what I got to do on my Spring Break (been taking classes at the College). I had the opportunity to go out to Ireland for 9 days, and spent 5 of those days with Brian at the Bregin Clarke Studio School of Metalsmithing! It was a great time! It was nice to see some of the friends I made there some years back. The Guinness was AMAZING too!


My projects

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My projects

Brass bell 00

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Brass bell 00

Brass nested bells with decorative punch work. Cold-worked from sheet & rod stock.


Scrap brass

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There are a few brass objects to be found locally in garage sales and auctions. You know, the "Made in India" plates, candle sticks and what have you. I can use some of it and recycle it for my projects, but majority of it is unuseable due to excessive patterning etc.


daisy chain

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daisy chain

the main structure of this necklace is patinated copper stems linked together so to remain flexable, much the same way as real daisy chains are formed. the pollen area is hammered and repousse brass. the petals are balloon rubber cut to shape.


solid bulla

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solid bulla

I've been doing versions of this shape in different materials over the years. This one is scrap components brazed in a green sand mold and ground smooth. I was casting around for ideas to present the shape sculpturally, frame or plinth for example were too intrusive, so I decided to give it a sort of nominal shelf.


Lovely spiraling european handrail

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OK, so not really, I always wanted to say that!
I finally got my landfill art project completed. It's a hubcap and the "chips" are made from hand cut pieces of brass. Each piece was created by pounding them onto a cheese grater for texture.


Dark Copper Oak, wire tree sculpture

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Dark Copper Oak, wire tree sculpture

7"H x 5"W x 6"D Created using 24 and 26 gauge solid copper wire. The trunk and the root system are cotaed and will retain a glossy appearance. The branches and the twigs are untreated copper and will darken and petina with age.


Questions about making/melting/casting various alloys

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Howdy folks. Cool site. I'm new here, seeking some answers that have eluded me on the internet.... I make jewelry (gold/silver/copper) and machine parts (aluminum/tin) - basically anything that involves melted metal makes me happy. I just love projects of any sort. Currently I'm building an electric motor just for fun (http://davidcolecreative.com/shop.php)


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