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How to Fix a Wrinkle on a Metal Sculpture

The Voice: Kevin. What are we doing?

Kevin Caron: I'm going to straighten out that little wrinkle right there on this contemporary art sculpture.

When I twisted this metal all around on the slip roller, and turned it and flattened it out and brought it down straight, and then all the welding that we did on the bottom and all the pieces that we added, it developed a little twist right there that I want to correct.

So, we're going to heat that area up and pry it out a little bit, then pound it down flat and try to smooth it out.

The Voice: With our little friend the rosebud.

Kevin Caron: Just a little, tiny rosebud. And a great, big pry bar. And a hammer, don't forget the hammer. (welding)

The Voice: This is just a special tip on the oxyacetylene welding torch. Let's warm and weld. (welding)

(prying and hammering)

The Voice: What's that thing you're using with the hammer?

Kevin Caron: This is a dolly. It's for helping to shape metal when you're pounding on it. This end goes into the anvil, into the hardy hole. It's just a little teardrop shape; it gives you all these different radiuses you can work with when you're working with a piece of metal and you want to shape it somehow.

It also makes a good backer in a situation like that, where you want to get up inside something and work on the outside of it. So, this way I'm hammering it metal against metal with the hot piece trapped in between so I could shape it. If I don't have that tool and I hammer on it, I'll just make a big dimple and have to start over.

That's a flattening hammer, because it's got a nice, flat surface right there. Always make sure you hit it straight down rather than at an angle.

Hammer tag.

The Voice: Thanks! See you next time.

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