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Home / Recent Work / Owl, 2015, Brass and Copper, 8" x 6" x 10" / Owl, how it was made 38
- 14. Using a flat topped stake to bend over the face elements.
- 15. creating an indentation under face elements using the curve of the flat topped stake.
- 16. Forming the belly on a ball stake.
- 17. Planishing/forming of the belly.
- 18. Done with the first stage, ready for annealing.
- 19. Second stage planishing on the back.
- 20. Pushing out the belly the easy way, with the hydraulic press.
- 21. Comparing the new shape to the previous shape, as recorded by the contour gauge.
- 22. Using a large ball stake to do the final forming/planishing. I decided to keep the indentation below where the belly was pushed out. It's just the right place for the owl's perch.
- 23. New curved-beak stake.
- 24. Using the new curved-beak stake to give the beak a tighter curve.
- 25. making that indentation for the perch deeper, using the hydraulic press, a steel punch, and a polyurethane ball.
- 26. Drilling out the eyes.
- 27. After a lot of tedious adjustment, I finally got the two halves to fit together properly. Now I have to figure out how to attach the two together, and what to do for a perch.
- 28. Attaching the two halves: I found that all I had to do was put some silver solder on either side at the tail end, and because of the way it fits at the top end, that's all it needs.