-CLICK HERE- New commemorative arch installation  and repainting an old favorite -Click This-

-CLICK HERE- New commemorative arch installation and repainting an old favorite -Click This-

I have just returned from re painting a decorative arch I made last year , just to freshen the lettering.
I dont think I have put this on my site before , so here it is.

I was commissioned by the Friends of Apley Woods to make an entrance archway to the local ancient woodland . I envisioned the archway to be a portal into a magical realm. So I wanted to use my skills, making the  leaves and perhaps entwining the lettering with decorative scrollwork that represented vines or brambles , giving a wild and natural feel.

Not just a simple sign , I wanted to produce something that  included  imagination and creativity with a hint of magic.

I used heat coloured stainless steel to make the leaves, the first leaves I drew and produced were disappointing, but after  a chance visit to a national trust property  Wightwick Manor and Gardens,  I had, what can only be described as ‘a  pre raphaelite eureka moment’   which resulted in me researching and drawing leaves .

I plasma cut free hand the leaves, then ground the shape and texture, heat colouring the stainless steel with oxy propane torch. which is a modern day equivalent of using the power of Harry Potters elder wand.

 Pre-Raphaelite arty leaves , just my style.

The leaves found at National Trust’s Wightwick Manor and Gardens, a pre raphaelite eureka moment for me .

 

I needed some leaf inspiration , this was found at National Trust’s Wightwick Manor and Gardens, a pre raphaelite eureka moment for me .

Delicate leaves on a steel arch.

I plasma cut the leaves out in stainless steel . Then oxy propane heat coloured them in a process  of magical alchemy

The arch lettering being fabricated .

Fully galvanised with a sprinkling of stainless leaves . Yummy.

 

The arch being lifted into position

The back of the arch showing the twisting vine like brambles and scroll work.

What a difference the seasons make , a good photo and a bit of snow. If you would like to commission a piece of metal art or sculpture please call me directly Adrian 07813219248. Thanks.  Image courtesy of of Jamie Ricketts photography.

 

 

 

 

 

From the Author The Daily Grind