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Bending & Shaping

Kevin uses a variety of tools in his studio to bend and shape metal to create his contemporary art sculpture.

You'll find how-to videos, tips and tricks, tools and techniques about how to bend and shape metal, using the Chinese pipe bender, the slip roll, the air hammer, the hydraulic pipe bender, the brake and even the oxygen-acetylene torch.

Enjoy these videos about bending and shaping metal ....

How to Cheat and Use a Pipe Roller to Bend Solid Metal How to Cheat and Use a Pipe Roller to Bend Solid Metal
Dec 31, 2014
Kevin is creating a sculpture for which he needs a 70" ring made of 1/2" solid round stock - he's dr... read more
How to Shape Metal With an Air Hammer How to Shape Metal With an Air Hammer
Nov 26, 2014
Kevin is working on a fireplace sculpture commission, which will have three sections that swirl upwa... read more
More Tools, Tips and Tricks for Shaping Metal More Tools, Tips and Tricks for Shaping Metal
May 28, 2014
Kevin is working on his sculpture Sheleen, which is, as he says, "a little on the curvy side." Peopl... read more
How to Shape Pipe: Rolling vs. Bending How to Shape Pipe: Rolling vs. Bending
Nov 27, 2013
Kevin is bending some pipe using his hydraulic pipe bender and stops to talk about getting a pipe ro... read more
How to Lay Out a Sculpture for Metal Fabrication How to Lay Out a Sculpture for Metal Fabrication
Nov 19, 2013
Kevin is using his hydraulic pipe bender to create the body of a recent commission. Lady Bugme has a... read more
How to Conceive and Fabricate Metal Parts How to Conceive and Fabricate Metal Parts
Nov 12, 2013
Based on a functional sculpture he created for himself called read more
How to Shape Metal to Give It Life How to Shape Metal to Give It Life
Oct 09, 2013
How to Shape Metal to Give It Life fires up his oxygen-acetylene torch to bend some cactus. "When yo... read more
How to Roll Your Own Pipe How to Roll Your Own Pipe
Feb 13, 2013
Kevin needs some 4" diameter pipe for a new "ball and post" sculpture, so rather than buy standard 3... read more
How to Use a Chinese Pipe Bender, Step-by-Step How to Use a Chinese Pipe Bender, Step-by-Step
Jul 25, 2012
Kevin shows how to bend solid steel round, square or flat stock using what is called a Chinese Pipe ... read more
Tips and Tricks to Make a Smooth Curve Tips and Tricks to Make a Smooth Curve
Nov 30, 2011
Kevin shows how to create a curve he can cut out on an aluminum metal sheet for the public sculpture... read more
Tools for the Studio, Part 5 Tools for the Studio, Part 5
Nov 02, 2011
Kevin continues to share how he built his collection of tools, explaining why he added a slip roll, ... read more
How to Use Hydraulic Pipe Bender Shoes the Right Way How to Use Hydraulic Pipe Bender Shoes the Right Way
Oct 19, 2011
Kevin shows how to use the hydraulic pipe bender shoes, or dies, to bend metal pipe the right way - ... read more
How to Bend Tube and Pipe How to Bend Tube and Pipe
Oct 12, 2011
Kevin explains the difference between tube and pipe and what tools to use to bend each of them - as ... read more
How to Bend Steel Using a Brake How to Bend Steel Using a Brake
Mar 09, 2011
Kevin shows how to use a brake to bend metal - as well as how to bend if you don't have a brake. Whe... read more
Tools for Shaping Metal Tools for Shaping Metal
Dec 16, 2010
In addition to welding, Kevin uses tools for shaping metal, including a variety of hammers, an anvil... read more
How to Bend  Metal Using Oxygen Acetylene How to Bend Metal Using Oxygen Acetylene
Sep 16, 2010
Kevin doesn't use his oxygen-acetylene unit for welding as much as for bending metal. This welding e... read more
How to Refine the Shape of  a Contemporary Art Sculpture How to Refine the Shape of a Contemporary Art Sculpture
Aug 03, 2010
Kevin is refining the shape of his sculptural Klein bottle. Shaping the metal sculpture takes some f... read more
How to Make a 1-Sided 3-D Metal Art Sculpture How to Make a 1-Sided 3-D Metal Art Sculpture
Jun 16, 2010
Using a ring roller on his slip roll, artist Kevin Caron creates a three-dimensional piece with one ... read more
How to Create Metal Art: Shaping a Sculpture How to Create Metal Art: Shaping a Sculpture
May 12, 2010
Kevin shapes a sound sculpture by determining the arcs of the sculpture's three arms. He explains ho... read more
Fitting Steel for the Top of Contemporary Art Sculpture Sashay Fitting Steel for the Top of Contemporary Art Sculpture Sashay
Dec 29, 2009
With the body of his 9-foot tall weathering steel sculpture Sashay formed, Kevin shapes the top of t... read more
How to Use a Slip Roll to Shape a 3-D Metal Sculpture How to Use a Slip Roll to Shape a 3-D Metal Sculpture
Jul 30, 2009
Sure, people use slip rolls (or slip rollers) all the time to make three-dimensional sculptures, but... read more
How to Fire Up a Forge to Bend Metal for a Sculpture How to Fire Up a Forge to Bend Metal for a Sculpture
Jun 10, 2009
After making his flowing renditions of the desert plant the ocotillo in other ways, Kevin decides to... read more
Metal Artist Kevin Caron Shows How to Make Steel Donuts Metal Artist Kevin Caron Shows How to Make Steel Donuts
Apr 24, 2009
Kevin uses the plasma cutter with circle cutter attachment, grinder and air hammer (air shaper) to m... read more
Metal Artist Kevin Caron Adds Branches to a Steel Tree Metal Artist Kevin Caron Adds Branches to a Steel Tree
Mar 03, 2009
Kevin continues to work on Hands On, his public art commission for the city of Avondale, Arizona. Wi... read more
How to Bend Steel With an Acetylene Welding Torch How to Bend Steel With an Acetylene Welding Torch
Feb 19, 2009
Kevin uses a rosebud tip on his acetylene torch to heat up solid 1-inch steel rods so he can shape t... read more
How to Use a Hydraulic Pipe Bender to Make a Metal Sculpture How to Use a Hydraulic Pipe Bender to Make a Metal Sculpture
Feb 05, 2009
Kevin uses a hydraulic pipe bender to make sections of a metal tree trunk for a public sculpture com... read more
How to Use the Air Hammer to Make Metal Art How to Use the Air Hammer to Make Metal Art
Jul 23, 2008
Kevin is still playing - I mean studying! - his new tool, the air hammer. He uses it to shape a new ... read more
Learning How to Use an Air Hammer Learning How to Use an Air Hammer
Jul 17, 2008
The tool fairy brought Kevin an air hammer, which allows him to shape and even shrink metal faster a... read more
Using the Slip Roll to Shape a Metal Art Sculpture Using the Slip Roll to Shape a Metal Art Sculpture
Jun 17, 2008
Kevin uses a slip roll to shape a stainless steel sculpture, explaining some of the wiles of working... read more
How to Use a Chinese Pipe Bender for a Metal Art Sculpture How to Use a Chinese Pipe Bender for a Metal Art Sculpture
Jun 06, 2008
Kevin creates the edge of a piece for a 7-foot tall commission using the ingenious Chinese pipe bend... read more
Artist Kevin Caron Shows How to Shape a Metal Sculpture Artist Kevin Caron Shows How to Shape a Metal Sculpture
May 22, 2008
Kevin reveals the third rule of metal working while shaping the flowing steel sculpture Ciuffo.... read more
How to Use the English Wheel to Create Metal Sculpture How to Use the English Wheel to Create Metal Sculpture
May 08, 2008
Kevin uses the English wheel to stretch and shape metal for a quick model for a sculpture.... read more