OVAC 12 X 12 : Annecto
Thanks to Mat & Jaci Hoffman for winning the bid on “Annecto” at this years 12 X 12.
Here is a step by step review of my process:
For OVAC’s 12 X 12 this year I am making a steel sculpture. By utilizing the maximum cubic space of 12″ X 12″ I am creating an optical illusion.
Step 1 Cut steel rods into 12″ segments with metal cut-saw.
Step 2 Grind off slag & polish with angle grinder.
Step 3 Create notches with angle grinder.
Step 4 Make sure the edges are flush when intersected.
8/14/12 Finished notches.
Step 5 Mig welding steel with David Phelps guidance.
8/15/12 – 8/16/12
Step 6 Weld the joints. I love welding! I think all my years of cake decorating and hot gluing are paying off.
Step 6 Grind down the welds. I also love how 2 pieces of metal look as one after the welding and grinding process.
Step 8 Weld all 6 “x’s” together.
Step 9 Pneumatic polishing.
Step 10 Almost finished… Cut and polish a 6″ x 6″ square from granite.
Step 11 Apply clear coat varnish.
I have decided to go minimal & not mount this sculpture on the granite for the show but will provide the granite if the buyer wants it.
I could not have produced this piece without the brilliant help of David Phelps. I feel very fortunate to be under his guidance and to work with him at his studio. It is a great learning experience and I enjoy every minute.
I am also fortunate to have the most caring and supportive husband… all my love to Mark Owen!
“Annecto” | Steel | 12′ X 12″ | 2012 (3 different views below-click image to zoom)
“Annecto” is Latin for “connect”