Metals Used for Indoor & Outdoor Metals Sculptures

Choosing a Metal for Outdoor / Indoor Metal Sculptures & Outdoor / Indoor Water Fountains There are many types of metals used for metal sculptures and metal wall art designed for

How to Hang Art Work

Hanging Art Hanging art work is not a mystery but there are some things to consider and decision to make when hanging a piece of art not only safely but to

Care of Bronze Sculptures

Materials Required to Care for Bronze Sculptures •Wax - We recommend Renaissance Wax or Trewax Brand Paste Wax for bronze sculptures. Trewax® can be found at most hardware or auto

How to Use a Color Wheel or How to Choose Colors!

Choosing Colors?

There are times when you choose a piece of art because you want it to compliment your existing décor, not just because “you have to have it.” There are many ways to approach this and a couple of things to think about would be whether or not you want the art work, including paintings, metal sculpture or any other form of media or mixed media, to blend into your existing color scheme and décor or if you prefer that it stands out but yet still creates the visual experience you are looking for.

A helpful tool in playing with color is the color wheel.

Let’s focus on the basics of the color wheel. The color wheel can be used in three ways in helping you choose color for the piece of art looking for or for that custom wall art you may be looking to create.

The first possibility is to use Complementary Colors.


Pick a color on the color wheel then draw a straight line across the color wheel, this is the color’s complement. These colors are basically opposites. On the wheel we started with yellow and its complement or opposite is violet. The complementary colors are used to offset the main color and are thought to complete each other.
There are also split complementary colors which means that once you pick the complimentary you choose one of the colors next to it giving it a more subtle look.

The next approach would be to use Analogous Colors.


This is when you choose a color on the color wheel that is next to the color you are choosing. If we choose yellow the analogous colors would be yellow green and yellow orange. This type of color choice is great when you don’t want to match the exact color for your web design or if you want to use your art work and/or accessories to create the dramatic colors in the room highlighting the art. Quite often neutrals are used when highlighting the art work such as white, off whites, grays and browns, even black.

The final approach we will discuss is the use of Triad Colors.


Choose a color on the color wheel then draw an equilateral triangle to find the two other colors. You will notice that each color has 3 colors between them to form the triangle. Let’s choose violet, the other two colors will be orange and green. These colors would be the secondary colors. The approach organizes the colors in terms of purity but can be a little more difficult to work with.

Please keep in mind that you don’t need to use all the colors chosen but understanding the relationship they have to each helps in selecting colors and working with the existing colors within the room or space you are enhancing with a new piece or pieces of art.

• Be sure to choose colors that go with the theme of the room for example if you have a room that you like to use to relax and maybe read choose colors that are relaxing for you, maybe blues or greens.

• If you have a room that you want to feel more energy in you may want to choose yellows. But be careful, is this a room with a lot of windows? If so, you may not want to use yellow because it is already bright but how about a gold color?

• There are many other ways to use colors such as mono-chromatic schemes which uses any shade (color + black), tone (color + gray) or tint (color + white), but don’t overdue this it can get a bit stale.

Whatever colors you use be sure you love it!

I hope this helps you think of different ways to use color with your artwork. If you have any questions or would like more detail please contact me and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

Ann

Metals Used for Indoor & Outdoor Metals Sculptures

Choosing a Metal for Outdoor / Indoor Metal Sculptures
& Outdoor / Indoor Water Fountains

There are many types of metals used for metal sculptures and metal wall art designed for indoor and outdoor use. How do you choose a metal sculpture that is appropriate for your outdoor metal sculpture or metal water fountain?

First of all, be sure that when you purchase a metal sculpture or metal water fountain for outdoor use be sure you let the art gallery or company you are purchasing the metal outdoor sculpture from is aware that you are using it outside! They can adapt the sculpture or water fountain or coat it to protect it from the elements.

Metals, whether it’s copper, brass, bronze, iron or steel, have always been the materials for artists throughout the centuries to test and stretch their imaginations. Let’s take a look at the unique qualities of the metals used to develop art for your wall, table or freestanding sculptures.

Non-metals are more abundant in nature than are metals, but metals in fact constitute most of the periodic table. Some well-known metals we’re going to discuss include aluminum, copper, iron and zinc.

An alloy is a mixture with metallic properties that contains at least one metal element. Examples of alloys are steel (iron and carbon), brass (copper and zinc), and bronze (copper and tin).

Metals Used for Indoor & Outdoor Metals Sculptures

Copper Sculptures

Copper is probably one of the prettiest metals offering you versatility that allows you to appreciate metal sculptures indoors and outdoors. Copper has the ability to change color naturally or patinas both chemical patinas and creating the patina with heat. Because there are many ways to color copper it can offer you a rainbow of colors for your sculpture or water fountain whether it is for wall art, wall water fountain, freestanding sculpture, tabletop sculpture, outdoor water fountain or table water fountain. Creating the color for copper metal sculptures is done through a variety of methods including the use of a torch or with a number of different chemicals to reach the desired color spectrum. Copper will patina naturally in many outdoor climates giving it a green hue. But if you live in a dry hot climate, like Arizona, it probably will not patina but may turn a deeper brownish color. The more humid the climate the more dramatic the natural patina.

Copper comes in different thicknesses and can be sculpted into the most detailed flowers – if it is too think it is very difficult to work with copper. This is why most of your copper sculptures are more delicate in nature or are seen in larger less detailed sections. Copper can also be molded and textured in many ways with a variety of tools creating unusual textures to this most forgiving metal. Texturing can be done in so many ways that it up to the artist on how they achieve their desired look and feel. Quite often numerous metals are found within the same sculpture. For example the Blowing Elm Tree consists of two different metals; copper and copper coated steel. The leaves are made of coppers and the trunk and brances were created from copper coated steel. Paint as well as patinas, inlcuding heat and chemicals, were used to create the color.

Bronze and Brass Sculptures and Statues

Brass is a metal that consists of both copper and zinc. Bronze is a metal that consists of copper and tin.

Bronze is the most popular metal for cast metal sculptures or bronze sculptures. Common bronze alloys often have the unusual and very desirable property of expanding slightly just before they set, thus filling the finest details of a mold. Click here for more information on the Care and Maintenance of Bronze Sculptures.

The manufacture of bronzes is highly skilled work, and a number of distinct casting processes may be used, including wax casting, sandcasting and centrifugal casting. If you would like more information on any of these processes please contact me.

Metals Used for Indoor & Outdoor Metals Sculptures

Brass Sculptures can retain their color indefinitely if properly protected with appropriate finishes. But the natural patinas that brasses assume as they age have come to represent durability and lasting quality.

As with Copper, Brasses will patina naturally or through the application of chemicals. These chemicals can create an artificial patina within hours that would take decades to form in nature. Durable lacquers and polymeric laminates are now available that can retain the natural beauty of new metal for years, whether indoors or exposed to the atmosphere. The recent development of extremely age-resistant protective finishes, including powder coatings and vapor-deposited organic coatings, is one of the major driving forces behind brass’s growing popularity. The variety of surface finishes and colors available in brass is one more expression of the metal’s almost endless variety.

Iron and Steel Sculptures

Iron is the most abundant metal, and is believed to be the tenth most abundant element in the universe. Steel is the best known alloy of iron.

Steel is a very good metal for outdoor metal sculptures if the proper care is taken by the sculptor when creating the sculpture. Steel is very stable and durable because of it’s weight and metal characteristics. What we do for these metal outdoor sculptures is that we pre-rust the steel (patina them) and then we treat them with and oil/linseed oil & turpentine (equal parts) that gives them a beautiful sheen and makes them look like leather. What we recommend is that they are treated with the oil/linseed oil & turpentine mixture periodically to preserve them. A good example of how they would look is the Eternal Flame sculpture. These pieces do NOT continue to rust.

For Metal Outdoor Water Fountains stay away from iron and steel. What can pass as a delicate oxide of steel (rust) in an outdoor sculpture will become a real mess if you try to use it in a water fountain. Rusty brown water, mucky brown steel, and that’s only the beginning. For our purposes, copper, brass, and bronze …

How to Hang Art Work

Hanging Art

Hanging art work is not a mystery but there are some things to consider and decision to make when hanging a piece of art not only safely but to compliment the painting, wall sculpture or any other medium or mixed media art. Here we will talk about placement of the art, how to wire framed art, and the options you have to hang different pieces of art.

First let’s talk about location.

• Just because you have a very high ceiling such as a vaulted ceiling doesn’t mean you want to hang a piece of art high to fill in space. If the art is something you want people to see hang it at eye level for the average person, about 5’ 8” to about 5’ 10”. This gives the viewer the right height to see the detail of the piece. You can also consider the gallery style of hanging which is to measure the distance from the floor to the center of the piece to be between 58” – 60”.

• Be sure to give sufficient space around unframed abstract works or sculptures, the space takes the place of the frame. It becomes your gallery. Representational art doesn’t require as much space because your eye tends to follow a framed piece more naturally.

• If you are hanging multiple pieces be sure to pick one as your main focal point and be sure to place it in the location where the individual’s eye is drawn and work with the others around it.

How to Hang Art Work
• When hanging multiple pieces on a wall that are different sizes align them so the center of each picture or art work is equal with each other. To visualize this you could place a wire across the wall where you would like the center of each piece to be and each center would line up with the wire. It does not matter if the tops or bottoms of the frames do not line up. • Now there are always exceptions such as a vertical metal sculpture that you may want to hang in a space that is more of a vertical area and you really want something striking. This could be the entrance hallway of a house or business which always grabs peoples’ attention as they enter. A tall piece may extend from just above the ground level to well over an individual’s head but you can still use the 5’ 8” to about 5’ 10” average height to be sure the observer can see the piece straight on.

• Other things to consider are where to place pictures or sculptures of faces. If a painting is of an individual and they are facing forward then your options are much more open, you wouldn’t want to hang a profile of someone in a corner where they look like they are staring at a wall. A bust (bronze sculpture, stone & marble sculpture) of an individual is a little different because you can face it any way you wish but be sure to give the sculpture walking space so the individual can view the sculpture from all sides.

How to wire a framed piece of art!

When wiring the back of a framed piece of art there are just four simple steps to be sure you attach the wire in the right place and allow for proper hanging.

1. On the back of the frame attach an eye screw just above the midpoint.

2. Measure the distance from the screw to the top of the frame and then measure the same distance on the opposite side and insert another eye screw.

3. Cut a piece of picture hanging wire leaving enough length to allow you to twist the wire when attaching to the eye screws.

4. Attach one side of the wire to the eye screw by twisting it multiple times then attach the wire to the other eye screw in the same manner. Be sure not to leave the wire too long, you don’t want the wire to show at the top of the frame.

Now let’s hang your art!

There are many options when it comes to picture hangers. Since we just discussed how to wire a framed piece of art we are going to focus on hanging a piece with a wire.

How to Hang Art Work
1. First determine the height to hang the art. As discussed earlier you can measure anywhere from 58 inches to 60 inches from the floor. This is your center point or the point at which you want the center of the picture or metal sculpture to hang.

2. Next measure the picture height, including the frame, and divide that number in half.

3. Then determine the distance from the top of the picture’s wire to the top of the frame. Deduct this number from the measurement in #2. (If your picture is 36 inches , divided by 2 = 18” and the distance from the top of the wire to the top of the frame is 2”, subtract 2 from 18 = 16”)

4. Add the 16” to the distance to the center of the picture (16 + 60 = 76) and this is where you would hang the hook (76” inches from the floor).

5. Keep one other thing in mind. It is always a little more stable to hang a picture on two hooks, this can also keeps your pictures hanging straight. The only difference in hanging is to be sure to compensate the distance from the wire to the top of the frame.

This may sound complicated but when you do it once you never forget. It is also a way to assure hanging right the first time.

A couple of small things to remember:
When you mark the wall where you plan on attaching your hanger/hook use a pencil. You can erase pencil from your wall but pen and markers are very difficult to remove.
Also, if you don’t want to go through all the measurements …

Care of Bronze Sculptures

Materials Required to Care for Bronze Sculptures

•Wax – We recommend Renaissance Wax or Trewax Brand Paste Wax for bronze sculptures. Trewax® can be found at most hardware or auto stores. Renaissance® can be ordered from The Compleat Sculptor, www.sculpt.com.

•Brushes – Soft round bristle brushes, 1-2 inches for small sculpture, 2-3 inches for larger bronze sculptures. Can use flat brushes also. Can be synthetic or natural bristle brushes. Brushes should be new and free from any dirt or oil. Chip brushes recommended.

•Buffing cloths – Clean cotton rags to polish bronze sculptures. Cloth baby diapers work well for this or the back of a clean cotton t-shirt (cut out the seams). Make sure to use a low lint cloth to keep the bronze sculpture clean.

•Never use solvents such as xylene or turpentine to clean bronzes, they will strip the wax coating off and damage the patina on the bronze.

•Never use car waxes that might have abrasives in them. Use a wax recommended for bronze.

•Never use household detergents to clean bronzes. If water alone does not work, use non-ionic or neutral detergent (available at most janitorial supply stores) to remove pollutants from the bronze. Make sure to mix the detergent as recommended on the label in a non-metallic bucket. Make sure to rinse well.

Care of Bronze Sculptures

Recommended Maintenance for Indoor and Outdoor Bronze Sculptures

•For an indoor bronze once a year is recommended. Twice a year if in humid or corrosive environments.

•For outdoor bronzes twice a year is recommended. Humid or acidic areas require three or four times a year.

Application for Indoor Bronzes

•Wrap the metal ferrules of the paint brush with masking tape to avoid scratching or dinging the sculpture.

•Using a soft clean dry cotton cloth wipe the bronze sculpture or statue free of dirt. If there are any fly spots or other contaminants such as food or fingerprints, use a damp cloth with water only and gently rub the sculpture. It is very important that the surface of the bronze be dry prior to waxing.

•Open your wax and lay the bristles across the wax using a sweeping back and forth motion. Three or four strokes should do it. Do not jab the wax, as this will overload the brush. Place a super thin layer of wax onto the sculpture using a circular motion. The surface will begin to look matte not shiny. If it is a small sculpture continue to do the entire surface. If it is a large bronze sculpture divide it into areas, and do one area at a time. Allow the wax to dry to a haze (follow times on the wax can). Wrap the brush in plastic and place in a zip lock bag for future use. Using a clean cotton cloth begin gently rubbing the surface until the desired shine appears. Work the cloth in a circular motion on large smooth areas of the sculpture.

•Can repeat the process of applying the wax one to two more times for a better protective coating.

Care of Bronze Sculptures

Application for Outdoor Bronzes

Blacks, reds, or golden brown bronze sculptures should be waxed on a sunny day when the bronze is warm. Greens, granites and marbled patinas, should be waxed in the mornings or when the bronze is cool.

•Wrap the metal ferrules of the paint brush with masking tape to avoid scratching or dinging the sculpture.

•Rinse the surface of the sculpture with clean running water (from a garden hose if possible).

•If there are any fly spots or other contaminants such as food or fingerprints, use a soft cotton cloth and gently rub until gone.

•Allow the surface of the bronze to dry in the sun. It is very important that the surface of the bronze be dry prior to waxing.

•Open your wax and lay the bristles across the wax using a sweeping back and forth motion. Three or four strokes should do it. Do not jab the wax, as this will overload the brush. Place a super thin layer of wax onto the sculpture using a circular motion. The surface will begin to look matte not shiny. If it is a large bronze sculpture divide it into smaller areas so that the wax does not over dry. Allow the wax to dry to a haze (follow times on the wax can). Wrap the brush in plastic and place in a zip lock bag for future use.

•Using a clean cotton cloth begin gently rubbing the surface until the desired shine appears. Work the cloth in a circular motion on large smooth areas of the bronze sculpture.

•Can repeat the process of applying the wax one to two more times for a better protective coating.

Metal Wall Art, Sculpture and Water Fountains

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