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Home / Recent Work / Upton O'Good, 2017, Brass and Wood, 7.5" x 15" x 3.5" / Upton O'Good, how it was made 29
- 1. Starting out with a clay model, to make a pattern for the blank of flat sheet of brass.
- 2. The clay model has been dipped in hot liquid Dip Seal, which solidifies immediately upon being lifted out of the pot.
- 3. The rubbery Dip Seal coating cut and being removed.
- 4. The Dip Seal shell has been spread out as flat as possible on a sheet of paperand traced around with a pencil.
- 5. Having cut out the paper pattern, it was traced onto a sheet of 16 gauge brass and cut out.
- 6. Using a sand bag to hammer what will be the head.
- 7. Punching out facial features from the inside.
- 8. Pushing out the chin/beard from the inside on a polyurethane block, using the hydraulic press.
- 9. Using raising hammer and stake to move the metal around.
- 10. After annealing, more raising, to move the outer edges around to the middle of the back.
- 11. Making it more curved (synclastic) on a curved stake.
- 12. Not a perfect match-up in back. I have drawn lines to guide cutting off metal to make the two sides match up.
- 13. That's much better. Now I can proceed to closing up the seam.
- 14. Planishing the front on a flattish mushroom stake.