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Newsletter 12-31-2013

Metal Art Sculptures – Stainless, Bronze, Aluminum, Steel Landscape – Large – Ribbon – Solid – Mobius – Abstract Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. John Searles Sculptures Stainless, bronze, aluminum and steel sculptures: Large Landscape Sculptures, Bronze Sculptures to fit a Niche, Fountain Sculptures, Garden Sculptures – Custom Designs and Sizes.  […]

Jul 282013

Bronze Metals – Bronze Alloy Information I only use C65500 high silicon bronze “A” for my bronze sculptures, such as Dancing Fire 1 (image at right). It has a beautiful gold color, slightly brownish. It can be patinated like copper from light tan to browns, blacks, all manner of greens, reds, blues: in fact, any […]

Jul 272013
Mig Welding Bronze

Mig welding bronze sculptures is quick and easy, once you learn how. I recently shipped two bronze sculptures (see images on the right) to China, for installation in the new Sheraton South City Hotel in Shenyang (Opening August 18, 2013). Shipping was via a broker in Illinois, Concordia International, though Fed Ex International would also have handled the shipment. It’s easier to use a broker because they keep the paperwork straight. Fed Ex International quoted me prices of about $300 per 80 lb crate, air shipment!

Mig welding bronze requires a delicate, confident touch. You need enough heat to get penetration, but the metal conducts heat so quickly that the heat starts melting the metal and blowing holes in your seams. In the past I have primarily tig welded my bronze sculptures: mig welding is much faster. You will find tiny holes and cracks under both the tig welds and the mig welds after you grind them flat. You might as well do the initial fabrication with the mig welding.

Jul 142013
Mig Welding Aluminum Problem - Black Powder Residue

Mig Welding Aluminum Problem – Black Powder Residue I had a struggle recently trying to solve a mig welding aluminum problem. I do a lot of aluminum mig welding, primarily with 4043 wire and always wonder, what is that black powdery residue on the edges of the weld? Was it soot? If so, where would […]

Apr 122013
Temporary Outdoor Sculpture Installation

Normally I recommend to clients that they bolt their outdoor sculpture to a 4-6″ thick concrete pad with four to eight bolts, depending on the size of the sculpture. The major concerns are high winds and theft. (During the period when the US was selling all its scrap steel to China, one local sculptor had […]

Jan 162013
Spiral Harp Video #1

This is a short video (1:10 minutes) showing me working on a sculpture I started last June, when I had a little time to play with new ideas. Second video More images coming. I am planning to make this design into a mobile as well. Please Like and Share!

Jan 152013
Steel Sculpture - Ribbon Design

This is a steel sculpture I finished in 2005, an early experiment with ribbon sculptures. I did about 20 ribbon sculptures at that time, with different metals,  but didn’t have the time to ponder on them and decide what to do next. I put them on the shelf and took care of the orders in […]

Jan 152013
Custom Sculpture in Bronze For Niche

Custom sculpture is a large part of my metal sculpture business. Custom sculpture can be tricky. You have to watch your dimensions carefully, especially if you are trying to fit into a niche or an exact space on a shelf. This bronze mobius custom sculpture project was for a designer home in Orlando, FL and […]

Jan 152013
Fabricating a Large Metal Sculpture

We (my intrepid assistant and I) fabricated a very large metal sculpture from aluminum and shipped it in October 2012 to the new Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Beach, Florida. I photographed each of the steps in the metal sculpture fabrication process and share 24 of the photos, with commentary, with you in this article. A […]