The Process - Metal Art

The metal nature sculpture is made from a sheet of solid copper, brass or aluminum. The metal is re-purposed, originally to be used for roof flashing. Sometimes, I use naturally-aged pieces of copper that may have been tucked away in a corner somewhere for many years.

First, I draw the rough shape on the metal and cut it out with aviation snips. Chisels, punches, hammers, and mallets bring the form to life. After polishing the surface with ultra-fine steel wool, I etch it with a patina solution or wipe on an antiquing wax.

Finally, the piece is sprayed with a clear coat to preserve the colors and finish, and a glass taxidermy eye is added on some pieces. I’m self-taught and use a blend of tools from traditional metalworking, auto-body work, and woodworking.

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