Unique Handmade Metal Art
Inspiration Comes From Varied Sources
This article is about the metal work I create for my Etsy shop. I draw inspiration from architecture, nature, or the spontaneous inclination to create. I like to work with salvage and scrap material when applicable. Otherwise I use drops and cutoff pieces and I try to use waste material from previous projects. Metal art indeed can be a green endeavor.
I work mainly with steel but I also use copper, brass ans stainless in my work. I have not done much with aluminum as of yet but I am in the process of teaching myself torch brazing of aluminum. The styles I work in are as varied as my work. I have made midcentury, memphis, art deco, art nouveau and many contemporary pieces. The work can be inspired by what metal I have or the image in my head can dictate what metals I choose and how to arrange them into completed works of art.
Modern Minimalism Metal Art
Scrap Metal as a Source of Material
The assemblage above consist of various remnant scraps I had lying around. Other pieces I pulled from personal stock. Never ceases to astonish me how unwanted metal clutter becomes a highly desirable work of art that can pull decor elements together. The work is signed and dated and available here in my Etsy shop
Style of Metal Art
What style of metal art are most likely to choose to decorate your home or office?
Star Spangled Panel
Distressed Industrial Abstract
Industrial Abstract Metal Art for Man Cave
If you are looking for a distinctive metal wall sculpture made with strong and solid materials, look no further than this distressed abstract metal wall hanging. The composition consist of a very heavy duty piece of expanded sheet background with scrap steel found objects placed strategically for aesthetics. The piece was lightly and sparingly spray painted to give a rustic if not shabby chic feel to the composition. This piece would fit in nice into any man cave, garage, or den.
Midcentury Nail art
If the name Charles Eames means anything to you, then you are probably already familiar art made from masonry cut nails. I make these sculptures out of these nails using bronze brazing rods as a joint but also to create a contrasting color finish.
Cut masonry nails are a versatile medium to work in, they come in sizes from 2 inches long all the way to 4 inches in length. They can also be cut and bent to any form imaginable. Just using them like they are still affords numerous poosibilities. For instance the sculpture to the right is a simple geometric arrangement that would add sophistication to any décor. Just click on the photo for more details.
To see the latest offerings in this category of metal décor, check out the brazed nail art section of my Etsy shop.
How I work
Aside from the fact I do not have a garage or dedicated studio, I do like to work outdoors. The fresh air, the birds singing, are part of the creative process. Sometimes the weather conditions are adverse. I have worked significantly below freezing temperatures in January to torrid days in the upper 90's with humidty during the summer.
I try to make the most of the fewest tools. Sometimes I improvise and I can make my own tools out of available materials. I learn a lot from youtube videos and books from the library. But the best instruction is hands on classroom instruction. When I can, I take classes in welding and in sculpture.
Using Different Metals in Sculpture
Metal art has almost unlimited finishes and textures possible with every color of the rainbow possible. Sometimes though, using two metals or different alloys might get the desired results. For example, nothing comes close to mimicking the look of gold like polished brass. A very attractive look can be had with steel minimalist sculpture with brass accent. Especially if the steel is painted flat black.
Memphis Style Wall Panel
This addition to my Etsy shop is a retro Memphis style metal wall décor. It is made from some scrapped prefabbed 1/8" steel panels that I purchased for projects such as this. It is all painted in bold glossy oil based rust preventative paint. The simple form and clean geometric lines convey a sense of sophistication and intrigue. But what really sets off the whole piece is the nature of the colors chosen. The contrast between red, deep blue, and white, and black set off the different lines and accents of this piece.