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Using the Slip Roll to Shape a Metal Art Sculpture

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

Kevin Caron: I'm here in the studio working on a new contemporary art sculpture that will go in a display area near the front door of a newly built house.

This metal sculpture will consist of three pieces of stainless steel with a nice curl built into them, created by using the slip roll. It ought to look pretty dramatic when completed; it's going to be lit from above.

This is the great thing about working with metal. It doesn't always do what you want it to. Or what you expect it to.

Today I'm working with the wider pieces - this is 16-gauge stainless steal. When you try to go through the roller with the wider pieces, it can bend a lot easier in the narrow section.

In the wider sections it doesn't bend as much, making it harder to bend, so that you have more metal going through there all at the same time. Sometimes the metal develops an attitude of its own.

This is going to (I hope) fit. It's going to look something like that. I've still got to work on the curve up in here. I'll use the English wheel to put a little more round to it; adding a little more shape to it.

I'll have to cut these pieces down just a little bit to be able to weld them together. You see where this one overlaps the other one? I'll cut this off right here and end up with a real nice seam going down through there that I'll weld and then grind smooth.

There's still a lot of work to do; a lot of fitting and polishing, but we'll get it. I've only got about 15 inches of space to work with, so I've got to keep the base a little small. The top can get a little bigger; it could open up a little bit more on the top.

Once I get all three pieces made, then I'll fit them together, tack them and then we'll see how we're doing.

Time to get back to rolling along. Bye!

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