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How to Make a Hollow Piece of Steel Art Appear Solid

The Voice: Hey, Kev. What are you doing?

Kevin Caron: I'm here in the studio making pipes for a new contemporary art sculpture.

I've got holes cut in it, which I want to fill in, so I'm bending pieces of steel to make little, round pipes to go inside here. Then I'm going to smooth it all out and finish the inside of the hole. I'm using the slip roller, hoping I have it adjusted right the first time.

Here is the sculpture I'm working on. I've got a hole cut inside here, and I'm just making a ring like this or a pipe, I guess you'd call it. I'm going to fill in that hole; then I'll weld it around on both sides and weld that seam shut - like we made this one right here.

I'll hold it together here, clamp it, weld up that seam, grind that down, slip 'em inside, and then weld it on both sides and grind it down and it'll be done.
It's got a lot more finish work, but that part will be done.

I've got to cut off a little bit from this one; I'm about a quarter inch off, so Iíll mark it and cut it off, reroll it, make sure it fits, and put them all together. That's what we're doing.

I made these curves - these pipes - the other day on the slip roller. I cut these holes. This one I had to cut with the circle cutter on the plasma cutter. This one was small enough to cut with the hole-cutter on my drill press.

I made the two pipes to put in there. I welded the seams together; I'll slip them inside the hole so you can see where I welded them all the way around both the front and the back; then ground them all smooth, making it look like it's one, big, solid piece of steel with two holes punched in it. So, here are the two pieces together.

This metal sculpture is Copernicus. You can see that this side is dished-end. Similar dimensions on the front and the back of it. The two different pieces are exactly the same size, but the outside on this one is not dished-end.

Hereís some interesting little sculptural detail with the box, with this rounded part in the back. It's a very interesting sculpture - something to make you think for awhile. As you stand there and look at it, the more you walk around it, the more things you see on it.

See ya next time.

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