Call Me Hephaestus…

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side by side 3/8″ nickel rod: original condition vs Wendy condition ©2015 WTEK

Yesterday I was able to sneak in some studio time. I have a million ideas that I want to work on, so it was hard focusing on just one. I’m trying to finish up that sculpture I started in the Spring, so I decided that was what needed working on. (I did manage to squeeze in time to work on a pattern for the base of a larger bowl-like piece I want to start on soon, though.)

That pattern I snuck in
That pattern I snuck in, it will have a shallower bowl ©2015 WTEK

Basically what I have left to work on for this sculpture is the base. So I cut out the bronze to wrap around it and I FORGED NICKEL. Yes, that’s right, I FORGED NICKEL.

Edges of the two rods ©2015 WTEK
Edges of the two rods ©2015 WTEK

I cold forged 3/8″ rod using my sledge and a little anvil I have that bounced around a little during the process. I know, what is wrong with me? My forearm is asking that same question this morning. I admit, I didn’t overly forge it. Next I have to drill it and file it into shape. That won’t be too much fun either. Plus, no hammers.

I still need to finish the connectors for the base walls, rivet that rod onto the main pieces, attach the two pieces to each other, then set it all into concrete. This piece it full of complications for me, which is probably why I feel the need to start on that giant bowl-ish thing. I know exactly how to do that piece already!

The base in progress ©2015 WTEK
The base in progress ©2015 WTEK
An idea of what it will look like ©2015 WTEK
An idea of what it will look like ©2015 WTEK