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Metalsmithin' n wood n stuff (Update Feb 1)

Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
edited October 2010 in Artist's Corner
Heres some of my semi-recent work that I have made with in the last year. Sorry for the poor image quality.


First project had to be a tea infuser. The form had to some how be related to tea/tea culture. The infuser is a tea blossom, the actual ball in the center is where the tea is placed. This isn't a functional piece.

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Second project was based upon oldschool die forming. The project was about making a container about losing something. I based mine upon Van Gogh cutting his ear off.

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This final set of pictures is from the castings I had to do. The assignment was to make a set of five rings that transformed. Ring 1-5 had to look different, but display a coherent transformation. I chose to do a ring into a bear trap.

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It is painful to wear.

I'll have a few of my newer pieces up on Tuesday or Wed.

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  • TamTam I hate art I love artRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Dude, you rock. That's seriously some cool shit you got going on. If that ring didn't hurt, I'd buy a few off you.

  • MustangMustang Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Och! I've got plenty of respect for people who work in metal. Such a frickin hard medium, there is little room for error. Love the tea infuser, very cool design.

  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I'm actually in the process of making some larger bear trap rings out of silver. It isn't that painful to wear, I just have fat sausage fingers.

    Thanks for the comments guys.

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  • beavotronbeavotron Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    NO ONE CARES FORBE
    ;P
    Spoiler:

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  • 2 Marcus 2 Ravens2 Marcus 2 Ravens Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I tried working with metal only once, and it was enough for me to have mad respect for people who are willing to do it. I really like the tea infuser and the rings. Unfortunately, I also have fat sausage fingers and likely wouldn't be able to wear them.

  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Beavo you jerkass.
    Spoiler:

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  • TamTam I hate art I love artRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Forbe! wrote: »
    Beavo you jerkass.
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    Hey! HEY! I asked first, man! ME!

  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Do you know your ring size?

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  • beavotronbeavotron Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    oh god oh god YES
    i don't know my ring size!
    um... very small, does that help?
    guh, i'll find out. how do i find out?

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  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Do you own a ring that fits well? If you can't get the real measurement, measure the inner most diameter of the ring.

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  • beavotronbeavotron Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    see the ring that fits well fits that finger well
    but i don't want to wear the new ring on the same finger
    i'll just take a piece of tape measure and measure my finger, how about that?

    i love jewelry i'll commission you to make me lots of neat things.
    in exchange for some sort of compensation
    like money or something, i dunno...

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  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    If you have something more specific that you want, you can draw it up, and I can see how feasible it is to make. I also have some broaches/pins I've been working on.

    I'm gonna make a set of etched Star Trek pins for my own enjoyment. I suppose I could really make any image into a pin.
    Spoiler:

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  • TamTam I hate art I love artRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Imma get a mezherment. I WILL HAVE THE RING! How much, by the way?

  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    That depends on the size of your finger and the weight of the silver.

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  • TamTam I hate art I love artRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I have a U.S. size 7.5 middle finger.

  • SheriSheri Resident Fluffer My Living RoomRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Hot damn, Forbe, these are fantastic!

    I love the tea infuser.

    I am also dying for one of those lovely rings. :o

  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Didn't think they would be that big of a hit. Guess I need to buy some sterling casting grain :O

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  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
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    First stone setting I did from a few years back.

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  • srsizzysrsizzy Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Wait, so if I designed a ring that was along similar lines to that one and paid you, you could make it? Do you have some sort of vague estimate for how much you would charge for something along these lines for an average ring size?

    BRO LET ME GET REAL WITH YOU AND SAY THAT MY FINGERS ARE PREPPED AND HOT LIKE THE SURFACE OF THE SUN TO BRING RADICAL BEATS SO SMOOTH THE SHIT WILL BE MEDICINAL-GRADE TRIPNASTY MAKING ALL BRAINWAVES ROLL ON THE SURFACE OF A BALLS-FEISTY NEURAL RAINBOW CRACKA-LACKIN' YOUR PERCEPTION OF THE HERE-NOW SPACE-TIME SITUATION THAT ALL OF LIFE BE JAMMED UP IN THROUGH THE UNIVERSAL FLOW BEATS
  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I suppose I could. I am kind of pressed for time at the moment, especially if I'm gonna have to make a few of these bear traps. Silver is about $20/Ounce. Depending on the amount of work put into it (I guess $10/hr is reasonable for a student). Roughly speaking...$50-$100 sounds about reasonable for me. Then again it all is depending on the complexity of the ring and the overall weight. You can always draw something up and I can take a look at it. If I can't get it done this semester, I certainly will be able to next semester.

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  • beavotronbeavotron Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    will you make a heavy's gun into a pendant for me?
    i swear i'd kiss your friggen face off.

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  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
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    My most recent piece. The project assigned to us was to create a Vinaigrette/Pomander. A vinaigrette is a Victorian piece of body adornment which would carry a scent, usually lavender or an essential oil. It was used to cover the bodies odor and provide pleasant smell to the user. I chose to do a modern take on a vinaigrette, using the smell of Anise (Absinthe/Licorice). The piece is meant to be placed in the pocket (there is no chain for it at the moment), but it would be attached to the bail/clasp (the chain lookin doo-dad). So in other words, it would be worn like a pocket watch. I still need to refinish the surface and replace the bail chain/clasp.

    Anyways.

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    The front design has been acid etched on. The design is not my own.

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    The bail, as you can see, doubles as a lentil clasp, which holds the two inside pieces together. The top cap is tension fit, and is removable so you can open the inside.

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    The innermost box contains a piece of felt, which is what holds the scent. I decided to put an image on the inside, which would be intimate to the owner of the piece, because they will not be opening the box often to change the scent.

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    Here is a close up of the inside piece which carries the felt. The image is of death holding an hour glass and smoking a pipe. The words "We drink to die" are etched beneath the image.

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    Here is the backside of both boxes. The inside set of holes are larger to give the owner the ability to change the felt or refresh the scent.




    I don't know what you are exactly talking about Beavo. An etching or an actual 3d model of the gun? I'd be willing to do some work for y'all but I need to know what chu want.

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  • CorgiCorgi Registered User
    edited March 2008
    Dude. These rock so hard.

  • 2 Marcus 2 Ravens2 Marcus 2 Ravens Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
  • LlyLly Registered User
    edited March 2008
    That is awesome. Make me a cigarrette holder with the words "We smoke so you die" on it :D

  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Thanks for the comments guys.

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  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Also I just got a copy of the slides my Professor took. I'm applying for a scholarship with these images.
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    Some of these were taken before I finished cleanup.

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  • MustangMustang Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Fookin hell Forbe, that vinaigrette is freakin awesome.

  • KealohaKealoha Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Dyou get A's on all of these?

    !! ! ! !!
  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    All A's except the set of rings and the Vinaigrette. I have a tendancy to get the forms and objects completely done, but not finish the cleanup, which is why I got Bs, along with some conceptual problems. Thankyou 'stang.

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  • RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited March 2008
    holy fucking shit, the vinaigrette is fucking amazing

  • 2 Marcus 2 Ravens2 Marcus 2 Ravens Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    These new pictures make them look even more awesome. Good luck with the sholarship.

  • KealohaKealoha Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Yeah, I forgot to mention that these are all great, and should get As. I think the uncleaned look is pretty neat on the rings and vinaigrette.

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  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    So here is a piece I just finished. It is a test piece for a body of work I intend to complete over summer. I work at a summer camp teaching blacksmithing, so I won't have access to a traditional metals studio. I will be focusing mostly on cold forming/joining techniques, sawing, ect ect. I hope to complete 20-40 broaches to show at the beginning of next semester.

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    All steel, except for a copper backing and nickel rivets. There is steel wool inset in the hole, and steel brush bristles coming out the side. I guess this is my ode to rust removal.

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    An image to show the relative size.

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  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    This is my latest piece. The assignment was to make some sort of toy utilizing die-forming. Die forming is the way that those old tin wind up toy were made. I decided to make a bubble pipe in the shape of one that a grown-up would use. The bowl of this piece was die-formed, top and bottom. The stem is made of a hand drawn copper tubing, and the mouth piece is a pipe mouth piece.
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    Anyways, huge image dump. I'm probably going to make a second one, or at least repaint this one. I was thinking about putting some sort of metal accents around the stem and the rim of the bowl. I will probably end up making a new one, and leave it metal.

    This piece is probably going to be part of a series. I wanted to make a kind of 'Young Gentleman's Kit' including a flask for the bubble solution, and maybe a cigarette case with bubble blowers or candy cigarettes (if I could find them). I am also planning on getting someone to do some graphic design work for me, make some packaging for the set.

    C&C Appreciated.

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  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
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    Drawings of a few pieces I am either working on or preparing to work on.

    The pill pin is almost done. And I am thinking of making some light up constellation pins. I figure, maybe I will drill out the holes in correspondence to each star in the constellation to let the light through. Then etch the form of the constellation around it, in the case of Ursa Minor/Major, a bear.

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  • Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    More pro images from my professor.

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  • 2 Marcus 2 Ravens2 Marcus 2 Ravens Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    That's one slick pipe.
    And an even slicker beard.

  • AbdhyiusAbdhyius Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Great work. I love the idea of a young gentleman's kit. Maybe a hip flask for soda in the same colours as the pipe?

    EDIT: Love the beard.

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  • bombardierbombardier mr. mully Vancouver, BCSuper Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited April 2008
    Yes. Soda.

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