Home / Recent Work / Vine Snake, 2017, Hammer-formed copper and grapevine wood. 20" x 16" x 6" / Vine Snake, how it was made 18
Creation date / 2017 / June
- 1. Ready to start the longest piece I've ever made. A one foot by four foot piece of 16 gauge copper, ready to cut out.
- 2. The piece cut out, ready to start forming after the edges are smoothed out.
- 3. With a plastic mallet and V-block, the lengthwise curvature is initiated.
- 4. Now it can be hammered into a cylindrical form (spiculum).
- 5. forming the head of the snake on a special stake.
- 06. Forming the underside.
- 7. The seam for the head has been closed up. I will silver-solder this first, so it won't open up when I close up the rest.
- 8. Silver-soldered and pickled. I will clean up the excess silver-solder after the whole thing is done.
- 10. closing up the rest of the seam.
- 11. SIlver-soldering the seam. Those cheap Walmart "visegrips" really come in handy for things like this. I have put a U-shaped piece of brass in between each clamp and the snake to protect it.
- 12. The silver-solder just love to go other places besides the seam, which means a lot of painstaking filing.
- 13. Then to remove the file marks, I'm going over it with a unitized wheel in the flex-shaft.
- 14. Now for bending. This was very hard work.I made this special bending tool out of hard maple, which was helpful.
- 15. More bending.
- 16. I had to do some hammering to take care of some flattening and to smooth out irregularities.