Unleash the Balefire

The parts waiting to be riveted ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel
The parts waiting to be riveted ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel

It’s done! And it’s named! Can you believe it? I finished the flamey sculpture this week and it has become Balefire.

The design reminded me of a flame shining on top of a mountain. I liked that balefire could mean either a signal fire or a funeral pyre and it just seemed to have the right presence to it.

Balefire measures 11”h x 10”w x 6 ¼”d, is made from nickel and brass, and costs $1550.00. If it’s calling to you, shoot me an email and I’ll send it home to you.

Balefire front
Balefire ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel
Balefire rt
Balefire (rt view) ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel
Balefire lt
Balefire (lt view) ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel
Balefire back
Balefire (back view) ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel

You know, I said right, back, front view, etc. but really it’s 360° of awesome.

SBC VII – It Begins

Paper pattern working out SBC VII's design ©2015 WTEK
Paper pattern working out SBC VII’s design ©2015 WTEK

Yes, SBC VII doesn’t officially take place until February 1st, but I’ve started already. I will not go into overtime this year!

I got the idea to do a sort of pixelated bowl this year that will have many layers. There are 9 parts to put together (more if I make a base to hold it up) and all of them will be raised tube riveted together to give it super depth. It seems simple and I seem to be almost done, but putting it all together will take a lot of time. Plus, there’ll be a lot of holes to drill.

Look at all those corners and straight lines! ©2015 WTEK
Look at all those corners and straight lines! ©2015 WTEK

The design is also different because there are a lot of square/rectangle based shapes that I don’t normal use. It’ll still be pretty organic, but more rectilinear than normal, kinda like that last wall piece. Maybe I’m sensing a theme so far this year…

So what sort of bowl are YOU making for this year’s Super Bowl Challenge? Wood, Lego, bread, paper? I challenge you to have fun or to push yourself (maybe even both!)

Texturelicious brass ©2015 WTEK
Texturelicious brass ©2015 WTEK
All foldy-woldy now ©2015 WTEK
All foldy-woldy now ©2015 WTEK
All the parts piled up where they'll go ©2015 WTEK
All the parts piled up where they’ll go ©2015 WTEK
Formed and taped into place ©2015 WTEK
Formed and taped into place ©2015 WTEK
And from beneath... ©2015 WTEK
And from beneath… ©2015 WTEK

Seriously, you should join us and make a bowl.

More Progress on Arches

Close up of how the "tongue" will sit on the risers I riveted on today. ©2014 WTEK
Close up of how the “tongue” will sit on the risers I riveted on today. ©2014 WTEK

I feel like I was stuck for a while in the middle of two projects with nothing much to show for either. It doesn’t mean I wasn’t working on them, it just means that I was doing things like filing, fitting, and planishing. Time consuming activities that don’t look good in photos.

Today I made some visible progress with the wallpiece I’ve been working on (occasionally called “Arches”) and I have some in process pics to share with you. I decided to raise up the “tongue” pieces in the middle of the “arches” and, after putting it all together, raising the nickel blobs as well. It makes the piece even more visually interesting and 3D.

View from above without the "tongues" ©2014 WTEK
View from above without the “tongues” ©2014 WTEK

I also worked on staining the base the metal will attach to. I used my own stain made with vinegar, steel wool, and tea. It was a gamble, but I couldn’t ask for a better color to match the bronze. Now I just need to seal it, because right now, it smells like pickles.

Stained Wood
Stained Wood
Angled view to show the dimension ©2014 WTEK
Angled view to show the dimension ©2014 WTEK