Home / Recent Work / Phantom Owl, 2017, Copper, Bronze, Wood, 10" x 7" x 16" / Phantom Owl, how it was made 21
Creation date / 2017
- 1. Starting with this piece of 16 gauge copper sheet, cut out and annealed. It's the same pattern I use for the first owl (Home / Recent Work / Owl, 2015, Brass and Copper, 8" x 6" x 10") but enlarged a bit.
- 2. The piece has been bent over.
- 3. Forming with a domed hammer on a sand bag.
- 5. Forming/planishing the sides on a ball stake.
- 7. The piece has been annealed an pickled. Here I am pushing the "ears" into a more upright position.
- 8. Planishing the dome of the head.
- 10. Final planishing on the sides.
- 11. Starting the vine that will be used as the hanger. This is .047" silicon bronze sheet.
- 12. Forming it into a conical tube, or "spiculum".
- 13. The seam has been silver-soldered.
- 14. Using a wood block to force it into a curved shape.
- 20. The two pieces I made for holding the eyes.
- 21. One of the eyes (fiber-optic glass) being glued to its base.
- 15. A couple of leaves cut out of the same bronze sheet.
- 18. Here the leaves have been formed, and holes drilled in the vine to accept their stems.