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How does an artist make a stainless steel work of art?

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How does an artist make a stainless steel work of art?

Stainless steel art commissions, free work or garden statues

Making free work (making artworks without commission) is very fun for a stainless steel artist, but also risky. Investments must be made in materials and time. That only pays off if the statue is also sold. That is why it is a nice challenge to work on an art assignment. Usually there is a certain wish or reason for a work of art. The place is often already known: at home in the garden (garden image), at the entrance of the company or as a gift or award.But an art is not necessarily less free than Free Work to make. It is as Goethe said at the time: In der Beschränkung zeigt sich erst der Meister .  


A design for a stainless steel art statue 

To a stainless steel art sculpture make you have a design need . Sketches on a newspaper or napkin – are for a sculptor usually the starting point. If there is something that appeals to the eye, the next phase will come.


Stainless steel sculptures – 3D models 

There are several ways to translate the sketch into a 3D model so well . Increasingly popular zis the way with a 3D computer program like Blender or Solid works an artist’s impression to make. The advantage is that it immediately gives an impression of the stainless steel sculpture in its environment. Still, making a small model in cardboard, plaster or clay is a lot of fun.


The image then literally takes shape under your hands. The materials and shapes feel in your hands give a feeling no 3D program can provide. Whatever I choose: after that I make a mockup of the sculpture with cheap sculpting materials and such as  wax, clay, cardboard or wood. 

Stainless Steel Sculptures Mock-up 

When I like the model or the 3D impression , I work the design of the stainless steel art statue in full size from cheap sculpture materials. With this, simple adjustments can be made to the art image. The design for the full-size stainless steel sculpture immediately shows whether the proportions are correct. I also see if the size is correct. The stainless steel sculpture should not look too small or too big .


Stainless steel sculpture in stainless steel execution 

For stainless steel art you use a variety of metal processing techniques. When the design has crystallized and the proportions are correct, we give the stainless steel sculpture its final shape by processing the stainless steel . Processing techniques include rolling, cutting, tapping, setting and / or welding. The stainless steel material I use to make the stainless steel sculpture are stainless steel sheet metal and stainless steel profiles . Those are the materials that a stainless steel sculptor use.


Finish stainless steel sculpture 

If the shape and proportions are correct, you also want the finish to match. A nice finish of the stainless steel is half the battle.  The so-called skin of the stainless steel can be processed in several ways.The stainless steel sculptures can cut or polished to be . After sanding, the stainless steel is polished with grease until the stainless steel shines like a mirror. I regularly contrast the polished parts with matt surfaces . This contrast gives visual tension and ensures that continues to fascinate to look at the sculpture too . Other finishes and so as directionless abrasive acids or stainless steel which brushed is to form a beautiful sculpture strengthen .

Quality stainless steel sculptures 

A beautiful sculpture must remain beautiful . That is why I use the highest quality stainless steel for art sculptures made of stainless steel. That is quality 316 (stainless steel 316) . That is the stainless steel type that is used for expensive seaworthy yachts. The stainless steel sculptures therefore also remain beautiful outside. Stainless steel works of art are suitable for indoors (at home or office ), but also for outside in the garden (garden image) or in public space.

Stainless steel art works View 

Besides on the Internet, my Stainless Steel sculptures can also be found in sculpture gardens and galleries.   Call in advance to make an appointment and to hear whether the image in which you are interested is exhibited .


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Jeroen Stok – Stainless steel artist