Monday, April 20, 2009

When the Metal Meets the Mud



The strike of inspiration continues...
Today I was able to continue work on a piece that was started back in January. I wouldn't have believed it was that long ago until I looked up the Blog entry -yikes! "The Strike of Inspiration" was about some fiberwork that I had seen by artist, Judy Perez and was so inspired by her Blog banner "Painted Threads," that I wanted to make a sculpture of a Humboldt Squid and a swimming Nautilus Shell. The clay work went pretty fast, fired well and then I opted to use some matte glazes instead of the Majolica glazes I first mentioned in my earlier Blog.
This week I finally picked up some 1/2" Cold Rolled Round Steel Stock for the squid tentacles. My first choice was to use at least 
3/4" - 1" but at more than $60 bucks a stick for the 3/4" the 1/2" would work fine ($25), Plus, with the thicker size comes added weight which starts to not be very practical for your average wall mounted sculpture. Bending that round stock was a BEAR! I'm not used to hand bending such thick material -I took a couple of Aleve after that workout!

 The Squid and the Shell have holes on their backsides that I drilled while still leather hard clay. The plan (today) is to wire the body over the tentacles o
nce all of the hot, welding and metal work is done. I'm thinking there will be some additional sealife embellishment including the strings of beadwork I like to use. I'm not sure what else... I'll weld up the Nautilus tentacles tomorrow.

7 comments:

ang said...

oh yeh , looking good..

Dolores said...

I thought if very weird indeed when I just read your post and you mentioned the banner of Judy Perez' blog Painted Threads since I had read her blog entry right before coming to your blog. (I follow both)

cindy shake said...

Hi Ang! Sunny and warm? we're catching up... sort of ;o)

cindy shake said...

Hi Delores, thank you for the post. HOW MAGICAL WAS THAT?!! Thanks for following too! Isn't her work just delicious? If I already have enough mediums going in my studio but Judy makes me want to jump into fiber as well!

Cynthia said...

This is going to be sooooo cool! Awesome combination of materials. I think the matte glaze was a good choice too.

cindy shake said...

Hi Cynthia! ALMOST as cool as the Kimono's...

Yeah, the Majolica test glazes I used were way to shiny -I have a lot of experimenting/learning still to do when it comes to glazing. It seems glazing is starting not to be my forte!

judy coates perez said...

Oooooh that is looking so cool! I love the way the clay bodies came out, that orange is gorgeous.