Jack cutting apart bed box springs to use as steel welding rod for his newest welded steel sculpture which he calls "Elk Locking Horns."
This configuration permits Jack easier access to three different sizes of steel wire for use in welding the sculpture.
Jack begins the artistic creation of every welded steel sculpture by forming a wire stick figure of the subject. This is the wire stick figure for one of the Elk of the sculpture. Jack bends the wire by hand and with pliers.
This is the wire stick figure for the other Elk of the sculpture. Next, Jack will form the stance for each of the two Elk.
Sculpture In Progress
Making a Sculpture with Gas Welding Torch and Bed Springs
Jack takes advantage of gravity and uses pressure from the torch flame to flow the covering layer of molten steel wire into position as a mottled steel hide.
Elk Locking Horns
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A single bed spring cut from the box of bed springs.
The bed spring stretched out as a hooked welding rod.
Jack sitting at his workbench with the sculpture in progress. Jack built this workbench with angle iron and red bricks.
Bed springs laid out in three different sizes.
Displayed on the workbench are the tools Jack uses in the creation of sculptures.
Stance of one Elk wire frame is set by bending wires.
Stance of second Elk wire frame is set by bending wires.
As Elk Locking Horns, the Elk are placed facing each other prior to mouinting on Sculpture Framing Board in order to visualize and test appropriateness of the stance of each Elk. Amendments needed are satisfied by bending wires.
To stabilize and anchor Elk figures for further welding, the Elk figures are spot welded on top of nails secured to each Mounting Board.
Beginning to flesh-out the stick figure, supporting wire is welded in to strategic locations to approximate diameter of outside dimensions of sculpture. In many ways these pieces resemble bones and muscle of the Elk.
Images top left, bottom left, and above show support wires filling out structure of Elk sculpture. This structure will be the base for application of the "mottled steel hide"covering the outer surface of the sculpture.
Welded Steel Sculpture In Progress
Two Bull Elk Locking Horns