Trefor Prest Sculpture

the process of making my sculpture

Month: December, 2015

Batman’s cape

This series of photos follow the development of a part for the current piece. It takes the form of a hinged cover which shields one side of the ribcage, lifting up like batman’s cape as the cage opens.

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I am holding the hinge assembly which will fit into a slot cut into the top of the cage by the milling machine using a bull nose cutter.

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The hinge is screwed and silver brazed on to the cage and the cover attached to the hinge.

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Now the cover has been drilled, in part to break up the dominance of the brass hinge plate.

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Round inserts have been made and are being brazed into the holes.

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The finished part. This is a device I have used on earlier pieces, usually hinged from the back. I like the way it functions as an anti – symmetry device, differentiating one side from the other, concealing, while drawing attention to the interior.

While the final assembly was going on I realised I would have to make some changes to the lower rib arms. Here is a photo of the assembled piece with me holding the old parts below.

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Hinge drawing

This series of photos show the development of a ┬ápart of the current piece from a drawing ( which I don’t always do ) to it’s inclusion into the work itself

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Milling the upper hinge body.( it’s just to the right of the cutting tool )

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The lower hinge roughly assembled after milling

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Completed parts for the upper hinge, they will be screwed together, then silver brazed.

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The piece assembled on the bench. It will be taken apart and reassembled many more times before it’s done.