I received a message a couple of months ago for a couple of Owl sculptures for a couple moving out to France soon. After lot of messaging to get a clear idea of the specifications, one of the owls is complete and the other is waiting for paint.
I’ve enjoyed making these two, they’ve both been completely different and challenging in their own ways. The larger of the two owls is to be suspended using cable, so I needed to figure out mounting points in order to balance the piece when it’s suspended.
For the smaller one I’ve used a new source of material ... cutlery! It’s actually made a few things slightly easier, but for the main part, as stainless steel doesn’t tarnish it was an easy way to ensure that the face and chest stayed as shiny steel while the mild steel took on colour during welding. Some of the mild steel feathers have also begun to tarnish slightly during the build, giving another dimension to the bird. If you look closely, I’ve also used copper in the build to pick out some of the smaller feathers and details.
Overall, building both of these owls has given me opportunity to explore new techniques and I’m playing about with some smaller pieces that will appear in the shop soon!