Archive for the Sculpture Category

Pumpkin Marble Track

Posted in Sculpture with tags , , on February 22, 2013 by Spark

Wow, I’ve been terrible at updating this blog lately!  That’s partly because I haven’t finished very many projects in a while, and partly because I keep forgetting to post the projects I have completed.  I’m gonna catch up with a few old projects and then give some updates on what I’m working on now.

Back in October, I got to carve giant pumpkins with power tools along with a handful of other artists from Artisan’s Asylum.  I decided to turn mine into a marble track.  Check it out!

Here’s a video of it in action:

Check out the rest of the pumpkins here.  They’re all fantastic!


DIY Secret Santa

Posted in Sculpture, Things with tags , , on February 23, 2012 by Spark

I’m still catching up on posting a couple of older projects here.

Back in December, Artisan’s Asylum ran their second annual Do-It-Yourself Secret Santa event.  Participants filled out a brief survey about their interests, and their secret Santa made something for them based on their survey results.

Here’s the wire sailboat I made for Max Eskin.  I spot welded most of it and TIG welded a few spots I couldn’t get with the spot welder.  I probably spent as much time tying the sails on as I spent welding the rest of the ship.


Wire sailboat I made for Max Eskin


Leah made a wire flower/candle holder for Bronwen.  When the candle is lit, it throws beautiful shadows on the walls and makes you feel like you’re sitting in a jungle.

Flower candle holder made by Leah for Bronwen


Ecco made me this kickass glow-in-the-dark kitty skeleton out of Sculpey and wire.

The glow-in-the-dark kitty that Ecco made for me


Bevan made a sculpture for Leah.  One of the questions on the survey asked where/when you would go if you had a time machine that would only work once.  Leah wrote that she would go somewhere where she could float on her back in the ocean with her eyes closed on a beautiful sunny day, and Bevan made something to remind her of that feeling.

Bevan's sculpture for Leah captures the feeling of floating on your back in the ocean on a sunny day

An actual finished sculpture!

Posted in Sculpture, Things with tags , , , , on February 16, 2012 by Spark

After a year of off and on work, I finally completed my first kinetic metal sculpture.  It’s a flower that blooms when the temperature rises above ~70 degrees F.  Check out the photo series below of it opening up, along with my full description below.

Flos Metallica is a rare specimen of plant life from the year 3072. It was collected via a wormhole left unguarded by the benevolent robot overlords (all hail his mightiness Omnicron Prime!) The flower blooms only when the temperature exceeds 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Flos Metallica uses a cylinder from a greenhouse vent to actuate the petals of the flower. Wax inside the cylinder expands when it is heated, forcing the piston upwards. A spring is needed to retract the piston as the wax cools.