Trefor Prest Sculpture

the process of making my sculpture

Month: December, 2014

new mould – new beginings

mould

The new mould, made from four bits of steel and cast iron bolted together, pregnant with possibilities and hope, the start of a new sculpture.

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2 mm copper sheet has been formed around the mould and brass square rods are heated and bent around on top of the copper.

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The brass rods are drilled, tapped, and screwed together.

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One side is bolted up and the other side has begun.

I have had a few interruptions lately and not just the usual Christmas follies. We have had quite a run of fires in our area and as a member of the local brigade I have found myself bouncing around the bush in the fire truck far more than I would have expected. I’m hoping to get an uniterrupted spell in the shed soon but it’s not looking very pomising at this stage.

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Little feet

Following on from the “foot’ for The Real One, Here is the tale of a similar foot for The Chosen One

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You can see a solid block of alluminium on the left and the roughed out foot on the right, thanks to the magic of the milling machine with a ball nosed cutter, centre. Below is a shot of  the two sculptures side by side. You might notice that they have aquired little aluminium oval baseplates, which I was hoping to avoid but I suppose I’ve come to accept as a necessary compromise.

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The Wedge

 

Here are the two completed works as promised last time. I say completed but only relatively so. I’m still fiddling around with the way they actually connect with the surface. It’s the age old problem in sculpture –  the base. In the past I have tried to deal with this in various ways. Some earlier works were suspended from some kind of davit, while others were placed on a hemisphere, each with varying degrees of success. I did think I had bypassed this with these two and that they would just sit there, but they proved to be too  unstable. You can see a bit of brass wedging the front of The Real One.

The Chosen one

The Chosen one

The Real One

The Real One

Here’s a shot of what might be the solution as far as The Real One goes.

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