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-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.
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.