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Experimenting with pulleys and stainless steel beams with bronze bearings for this kinetic assembly. Will be connected to other related assemblies with 1/16” stainless wire rope. Movement is user driven with some interactive elements. Still searching for the right springs and weights to complete the project. #metalart #metalsculpture #metalsculptures #kineticart #kineticsculpture
Another shop organization day. These IKEA spice racks work wonders to hold my spray paint cans. And when the junk drawer gets too full - you just get more drawers! 😃. #ikea #shop #organization #studio #artstudio #artsupplies #sculpture #sculptures #metalart #metalshop #metalsculpture #homeorganization #homeorganizing #shoporganization #workshop #paint #painting #spicerack #diy #diystorage
Still learning how to use the plasma torch. This is 1/8” stainless steel. Experimenting with current settings and travel speeds. Not sure why pulling is so much smoother than pushing it. #star #stars #plasmaart #plasmatorch #metal #metalart #metalsculpture #metalsculptures #welding #stainlesssteel #steelart #hypertherm #learning #shopclass #homeshop #selftaught
It’s difficult to find antique salvage stores like this one in Oklahoma. Most people aren’t interested in old chains, gears, wrenches, and rusty oil field equipment. Generally, I don’t pay more than $5 for any part but often the dealers are glad to get rid of the rusty steel. And I love to find something that I can repurpose. #antique #vintage #metalart #metalsculpture #metalsculptures #gears #wrenches #welding #metal #recycle #repurpose #upcycle
A beautiful new sculpture in Las Vegas called “Bliss Dance” by Marco Cochrane. Forty foot tall stainless steel. Previously located in San Francisco. Newly refurbished and placed on the Las Vegas strip. Inspired by the Burning man festival. #burningman #lasvegas #lasvegasstrip #metalart #metalsculpture #female #femalenude #nudeart
A small star but special gift hand carried to Las Vegas today. Freehand plasma cut from 1/8” Stainless steel, with stained glass and textured paint. #star #sculpture #metalsculpture #metalart #plasmacut #plasmacutting #green #stainedglass #stainedglassart
Experimenting with a track pendulum using bronze bearings. This component will be part of a marble path in a future rolling ball sculpture. It will direct a marble along one of two paths depending on its current position. Prior marbles create the motion that directs future marbles. The bronze bearings extend the motion longer. #rollingballsculpture #metalart #mechanicalart #metalsculpture #weldedart #mechanical #marbles #marblepath #stainlesssteel #steelart #indianaartist #indianaarts #pendulum #pendulums #random #complexity #cas
A few floor scraps from a frustrating day learning about freehand plasma cutting. I’ll watch a few more videos but it’s mostly about putting in the long hours and hard work. Once I master this, there are so many possibilities for new projects. I’m working with Stainless steel, which always seems to be a challenge, but also produces such nice results. #plasma #plasmacutting #plasmacutter #rollingballsculpture #metalart #metalsculpture #kineticart #kineticsculpture #shop #shopproject #learning #diy #selftaught
A little off topic here, but this is the car I want. This early 70’s BMW 2002 only has a two liter engine and a 4 speed manual transmission, but it is so fun to drive. Once upon a time, I had a white one and an orange one, but this red color is very cool! #bmw #vintage #car #cars #vintagecar #vintagecars #antiquecar #antiquecars #bmw2002 #metalart #metalsculpture #fundriving #sportscar #sportscars #germancars #1970s
Watching paint dry!! These little guys are 1/8” thick stainless steel. They are fabricated then go to drilling, grinding, sanding, priming, painting and then assembly. A few lucky ones are also cut and welded together. Some of the assembled joints will have bearings for easy movement and others bolted together to form the final sculpture. There are a lot of steps but I have high expectations for the results. Stay tuned for the first in this series of sculptures. (Note: the focus is much sharper in the actual video, by IG reduces it significantly.). #painting #sculpture #fabrication #metalart #metalartwork #colors #colorful #brightcolors #stainlesssteel #components #studio #artstudio #outdoorart #rainbowart
Some tools (not art) I’ve made to help with the welding, fabrication, and painting of my artwork. They are not pretty but work as intended. #fabrication #fabricating #tools #tooling #metalsculpture #metalart #arttools #artfixtures #fixtures #fixture #metal #diy #diytools #sculpture #studio #workshop #artstudio #studiotools
Experimenting with stained glass to add a little color to my stainless steel sculptures. At the same time I’m learning to use the plasma cutter on 3/16” stainless steel. I maxed out the 120 volt source and now getting better results by cranking up the power and using 240 volt power. #stainedglass #glassart #glassartist #rollingballsculpture #metalsculpture #metalart #plasmatorch #plasmacutting #plasmacut #steelart #steelartist #candleholder #candleholders #livingroomart #interiordesign #weldedart #weldedsculpture #colors #colorfulart #colorfulartwork

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