Basics of Metal Art
Basics of Metal Art
The world of arts is really a fascinating world to be a part of. If you want to pursue metal art, this would be a route that is rarely taken by other artists. Mainstream art usually consists of painting. This art that involves metals are rare due to the constraints in time, space, and materials that are needed to pull off the artwork. This contrast in the resources of arts with metals and other medium can be best shown in the way the artists work. A painter would need space for a studio while a metal artist would need space for a working shop. Moreover, the former would only need brushes, paint, and canvas while the latter would need machines that can work on metals. These are only some of the differences between the worlds of the artists working on mainstream arts and those working on metals.
However, it is still worth discovering what these artists on metals are so in love with by discussing about the different types of metal arts.
These are casting, junk art with metals, and fabricated sculpture.
The artist would first make a model or mould of the object to be formed. The metals used will then be melted in the furnace. The materials used could be steel, aluminium, bronze and other alloys. The mould will be covered with the molten metals. After this, the artist will give some time for the metals to cool off. When the metals have solidified a bit, the mould underneath it would be removed. The new moulded object would have finishing touches with some patina added to it. The artist would be exposed to hot metals and artwork during a long and time consuming process.
There are artists that can make new things out of junk, just as how a sculpture is made out of junk metals. The products of this junk art are usually seen on the streets. The artists have to be resourceful enough to know where to get the junk and creative enough to make the junk look good.
You might have seen some sculptures but the ones made from fabricated sculpting would be quite different from casting. The sculptors in this type of art need to provide more details to their artwork, more so than how cast sculptures are made. However, the artists of this type of art would need to do welding in order to put together the pieces of metals together. The artists would start out with an idea as to what design should be done. The metals would be assembled to finish the artwork with the help of welding.
Among all these types of artistic works with metals, the fabricated sculptures might be the hardest ones to work on. Imagine welding metals just so you can create a detailed sculpture that will need more thinking and planning of the process to get the desired results.
If you compare working with metals to other types of arts, you will need more time, effort, and money to finish the former. However, you will also feel a different kind of fulfilment once you are done with your rare piece of work.