A while ago I lit my oxy-fuel torch and started bending some rods. Perhaps a flower form was taking shape. Lunch time came around, and I put the piece away.
Fast forward a few months, and I pulled the piece out of the bin. I’m certain I wasn’t creating a bird form that long-ago day. But when I looked at the piece from a different perspective, it sure looked like a bird form now.
I continued sculpting with that revelation. I added details here and there, including the ‘festive’ bow (or feather?) on the bird’s head. There’s lots of movement in this piece. ‘Festive Bird’ measures 11” x 11” x 5”.
This ‘Heart Vessel’ was a Valentine’s gift for a beloved this year. (Poor guy! All the gifts he ever gets from me are metal. Thankfully, he hasn’t complained yet.)
So it was with Valentine’s this year. This heart-shaped vessel started off life as 16-gauge steel sheet. It was beat into submission over the swage block and anvil, then lightly tinted with gilder’s paste. I used my oxy-fuel torch to affix some legs and edging around the heart. Overall, dimensions are 1.5” x 5” x 5”.
Call me when you’re in a bind and need a giftie for your beloved. I’ll whip something up!
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