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Hey there!I'm a pretty new silver smith! I have just started up a little work bench of my own and I bought the EZ torch. It has been working really well the last few months, but this week the flame has started to surge and sputter. Tonight I was just about to anneal a piece of silver and I went to light the torch, It made a fire ball and the flames fell back running down the handle, I turned off both knobs but the flame didn't go out until I blew it out! so after I was sure the flame was out I…See More
I take copper sheet, clean it really well, sprinkle rock salt, sawdust, or courser bark on top (if I want more patterns on the metal, you can just use the salt too), slowly pour vinegar over piece. Then I place it into a large freezer…"
I'm responding to Nelson's post. I've been experimenting with different ways of colouring & texturing metal for quite a while now. I've done torch fired patinas and have had great results with ammonia fumes,…"
For MAG members who make, respect, admire or want to explore metal sculpture. This group is here celebrate metal work on a sculptural scale!A networking group for metal sculptors, and fans of metal sculpture!See More
Do you consider yourself a professional, student or emerging artist. Are you a gallery, school, organization or guild?
In what area of the metal arts do you work?
Tell us about your education.
I am an Alumni of California Institute of the Arts, Fine Arts major. I have been an artist for over 25 years primarily focussed in the area of photography and most recently in sculpture & metalwork. Please visit my website for a more detailed bio.
Share some of your career highlights or goals.
From 1985-1987, I participated in several group and performance art shows at the California Institute of the Arts. From 2006-2010, I participated in several group and solo shows on Denman Island, BC. I coordinated the group show "Interwoven Elementals" held at the Denman Art Gallery in 2010. I recently taught a metalweaving course with the Denman Island Community School students for the "Arts Afternoons" and the Denman Art Gallery student show. I also taught a metal weaving workshop at the Denman Art Centre for adults.
Actually, bronze is great to work with... it is between copper and brass as regards workability, and I use it a lot. Besides it's functional qualities, it has way more interesting cultural/historical connotations. Not sure where you get sheet metal out there... I end up buying 3' x 8' sheets of .032" (about 18-20 gauge) bronze from a company that usually sells it to builders and architects...
Always glad to see another patina junkie :D I am just heat colouring bronze, then sealing the surface with wax.
Yes, Don was at the Arts Centre... taught for a week. People lovely, he said.
We are going to be in Victoria again this summer. Don will be teaching a 1-week bookbinding course, and I'll be teaching 2 days on metal techniques that bookbinders can use to create book covers.
The organizers have asked me to see if there is a metal group on the Island that would be interested in having me teach something, to help them defray the costs of airfare. Any ideas about who I might talk with in Victoria or Denman?