WCA's latest Art Project
Once I have the rest of the branches attached it should be a lot ‘fuller’.
I am currently thinking of powder-coating it a bronze/gold colour and then possibly using enamel paint to highlight some of the branches and add visual interest.
Then either stick it on a wall somewhere or stick it on ebay I guessPosted 10 months ago
My Latest ‘Art Project’
Whilst bored on a conference call I sketched this
[url=https://flic.kr/p/WjEyC5]20170703_151703[/url] by WCA!, on Flickr
At the weekend I found myself at a loose end so thought I would try and turn the sketch into something physical. This meant getting some steel, some tools and a tape measure
[url=https://flic.kr/p/WbBeSZ]20170703_151724[/url] by WCA!, on Flickr
[url=https://flic.kr/p/WbBeXD]20170703_151746[/url] by WCA!, on Flickr
Clearly for skillful crafts such as complex metal working you need all of the correct implements to allow the different radius curves to be formed. Having looked around the garage for a suitable anvil style bending work bench thingy I clamped an old motorbike silencer into the vice and began.
[url=https://flic.kr/p/WbBnq4]20170703_151802[/url] by WCA!, on Flickr
The results were surprisingly successful and the tree started to take shape.
[url=https://flic.kr/p/V9CASz]20170703_151810[/url] by WCA!, on Flickr
[url=https://flic.kr/p/V6PE39]20170703_151958[/url] by WCA!, on Flickr
[url=https://flic.kr/p/V6Q8sQ]20170703_153451[/url] by WCA!, on Flickr
Now I simply had to clamp it all together and weld it. Simply!?!? why did I use round rod? It spins in the clamps so the branches point in all directions which is not ideal when you want something to lie flat against the wall. Also you are trying to weld into the valley between the rods which is not as easy as I had hoped.
[url=https://flic.kr/p/V6Q7Yy]20170703_154718[/url] by WCA!, on Flickr
[url=https://flic.kr/p/Wof2Pp]20170703_164856[/url] by WCA!, on Flickr
The welds weren’t pretty but they held and looked a lot better when the slag was knocked off and they were ground down a bit. They will be on the back of the piece facing the wall so should be hidden anyway.
[url=https://flic.kr/p/W8nLUW]20170703_170924[/url] by WCA!, on Flickr
Turned around so I was welding from the back again I added some of the smaller branches. More to welds to grind down and then add the finest branches but ran out of time at this point. Blurry photo hides the worst of the weldsPosted 10 months ago
[url=https://flic.kr/p/Wop6qK]20170703_175626[/url] by WCA!, on Flickr
One picture update now it is all welded up and awaiting cleaner and prep for paint. Need to get a cost for powder coating before deciding on the final finish.
The major breakthrough is that it is the first piece I have created that MrsWCA thinks she will give house space to!
[url=https://flic.kr/p/VjtRis]20170710_132715[/url] by WCA!, on FlickrPosted 10 months ago
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