This abstract copper wall sculpture was formed from sheet metal using the techniques of repousse and chasing. The metal was slowly pushed into shape with repeated hammer blows and specially shaped punches. It's around 25 inches in diameter, and while the piece is very rigid and strong, it is thin and lightweight (about as thick as a nickel). The copper is darkened with a liver of sulfur patina and sealed with wax. You can check out the video slideshow below to see how it was made. The design was inspired by coral. I'm fascinated with patterns in nature, how individual repeated elements and structures that make up a uniform whole, all have their own distinct qualities if you zoom in and look. A hidden uniqueness within the seemingly identical.
This honeycomb and honey bee sculpture hangs slightly raised from the surface of the wall, allowing light to pass through the "honey". The honeycomb is 30 inches wide and is made from copper sheet metal and cast polyester resin. Each cell was formed individually, then welded together on the front and back edges to form one solid honeycomb structure. The honey bee is also created from copper sheet metal. The body segments are hollow, constructed of hammer formed and textured sheet metal halves, TIG welded together. The segments are held together by a rod which extends through the body and emerges as the stinger. The wings are cast polyester resin, and the legs are forged and filed from copper rod. The bee has a threaded rod attached to the underside of the thorax, which connects it to the honeycomb. The bee can be removed from the rest of the sculpture [...]
This abstract wall sculpture was hammered into shape from copper sheet metal using the techniques of repousse and chasing. It measures 25 inches in diameter, and while the piece is very rigid and strong, it is very thin and lightweight. The metal was slowly pushed into shape with repeated hammer blows and specially shaped punches. The copper is darkened with a liver of sulfur patina and sealed with wax. The design was inspired by coral. I’m fascinated with naturally occurring patterns, how all the tiny repeated elements and structures that make up a uniform arrangement, each have their own unique qualities. A hidden individuality within the seemingly identical.
This 15 inch diameter wall sculpture is made of hammered copper sheet metal and a heavy steel frame. The copper panel was formed using a process called repousse and chasing, where metal is pushed into shape with hammers and punches. The dark color on the copper is the natural result of heating the metal during the forming process. Steel flat bar was rolled and welded to create the frame. Copper repousse wall sculpture
This copper wall sculpture was made for the Tupelo Honey Cafe here in Raleigh, North Carolina. It's a sculptural version of their tupelo tree logo measuring about 5 feet in width. The branches and textures on the back layer were formed with hammers and punches. The clusters of leaves are plasma cut shapes, textured with a leaf design and riveted together with leaf shaped rivets. The colors are a combination of heat and patinas. Copper Tree Sculpture Tupelo Honey Cafe