My Sculpture Weblog: The S2B

Introducing the “S2B” or Sculptural-SliderBead.

This piece builds on the SB 312 sculpture I launched earlier this yr. Whereas that work was a static sculpture with purely aesthetic aspirations, this subsequent entry has kinetic components that drastically change the way in which the work is skilled.

When dealing with the unique SB-312 sculpture, there was one thing I simply couldn’t shake in regards to the geometry. I stored feeling that I needed the three legs of the piece to slip up and down so I might reposition them.

It was a case the place the implied performance of the piece was each apparent and highly effective, so I resolved that this was the route for this subsequent work within the collection. 

However with performance comes a special set of challenges which might affect the visible components of the piece.

As a way to obtain a shifting mechanic, the composition wanted to be elongated and enlarged, Principally to accommodate the magnetic association that achieved the movement I needed, but additionally to enhance the grip on the piece.

The magnets create an attention-grabbing haptic really feel as the person sliders leap from place to place. Anybody who remembers the MG collection can most likely see it is a comparable performance, albeit slightly inverted with a lot much less reliance on magnetic pressure to carry the work collectively.

The S2B has a customized shoulder bolt that retains and constrains the movement of every sliding ingredient.

Mechanics weren’t the one factor influencing the look of this sculpture. When you keep in mind from my publish on SB-312 One factor I hoped to realize on this collection was to discover some in style unique metals—in a cautious and considerate method that performed on to a single chosen materials. 

For this collection I’ve launched a fabric referred to as Mokume-gane which is a singular steel laminate meant to imitate wooden grain. This materials has its origins in seventeenth century Japan with the making of decorative samurai swords. 

The method for making Mokume-gane finally discovered its means west, into jewellery making and different ornamental traditions, and most lately into a way more industrialized (if nonetheless ornamental) type of machined artwork.


In researching this materials, I used to be reminded of why I’m so cautious about bringing unique supplies into my follow. Whereas it’s simple to simply purchase a novel materials and begin slicing to fulfill an ornamental finish, I believe lots is missed that means.

Mokume-gane is a posh and diversified materials with an enchanting historical past, it feels bizarre to simply decide it up and use it with out some sort of formal introduction. As an illustration, there are just a few methods to make the fabric, one thing I wish to be taught extra about.

Jewelers usually incorporate quite a lot of noble and base metals into numerous formulations as nicely. Some use extra treasured metals like gold and silver of their residence brewed variations of Mokume-gane, whereas different variations are extra economical, containing largely copper alloys and nickel silver.

The fabric I used, which is extra suitably sized for machine work, consists of layers of brass, copper, and nickel silver. Every variation of Mokume-gane behaves otherwise and will be completed and patinated in quite a lot of methods. Which once more, I nonetheless have a lot to be taught.

Admittedly, my use of Mokume-gane right here is fairly straight ahead and per different machined artwork that I’ve seen (all of us be taught from doing although). The end on this prototype is a straightforward etch with ferric chloride to carry out distinction within the metals and matte the end. 

The sculpture measures 2″ lengthy and 1.5″ Diameter

I stay up for incorporating this distinctive materials in a extra complete means sooner or later, however for now, this is step one in my schooling. 

Above are a few of the issues and concerns of this materials. 


Some closing ideas.

As I proceed to pursue these small sculptures, it has emerged that my two completely different modes of working, kinetic and extra conventional sculpture, is likely to be slowly converging.

I’m much less wedded to the concept of incorporating a mechanic for my small work, and extra open to the concept in bigger one-of-a-kind items. Typically I start a design with a mechanic in thoughts, nevertheless it turns into unworkable and I abandon it in favor of a extra completed static sculpture. The inverse can also be changing into true and I’ve discovered myself designing bigger works with no intention of including kinetic components, solely to be tempted by alternatives to do exactly that.

Maybe, simply perhaps, I’m develop into much less inflexible in what I hope to realize with any given design, favoring a extra fluid course of. I believe one would possibly describe that, as private progress.

Anyway, hope you benefit from the piece.

Notes for collectors: As has develop into customary, I might be providing these works up as a one time restricted version.

It is possible for you to to accumulate them individually, or as a set. Pricing and all related particulars of the sale might be posted on the time of join.  (please word that Mokume-gane is a significantly dearer materials and this may mirror in pricing) 

The join will go stay on Thursday July seventh at 11 AM EST. I’ll depart the join open for slightly longer than standard as a result of I do know a variety of you’re touring this time of yr. In all probability every week to 10 days, after which the books will shut eternally.  

I’ll publish the join hyperlink to my electronic mail e-newsletter, right here on the weblog, in addition to on my instagram web page.

Notes on Mokume-gane: For these pondering of accumulating the Mokume-gane model of this work—this steel is used usually in jewellery making, nevertheless it doesn’t imply that it’s an inert materials.  Like Brass or copper, Mokume-gane requires care to keep up. It should tarnish of not often waxed after dealing with. Some individuals benefit from the look of this, others don’t.  

Moreover, Any time you combine metals in an atmosphere the place they are going to be in touch with an acid (you, your physique) it invitations one thing known as galvanic corrosion. Dealing with this materials will change it over time, in methods which might be onerous to foretell. It might be the case that the fabric will merely change colour or the etch could deepen in a means that’s pleasing, however I wish to be clear that that is experimental artwork, engaged in with open eyes and practical expectations. Right here is a link to an extreme example of what can occur to an analogous materials beneath what I think about to be excessive circumstances. 

I can not converse to the precise materials or methodology used. Clearly you gained’t be carrying this piece of artwork day and evening, not to mention subjecting it to a complete submersion in an acidic medium. The experiment within the article is attention-grabbing and academic, however not reflective of any actual world situation that might unfold with this sculpture. Not like a hoop, you will not be washing your palms with it, dealing with acidic meals (sure additionally urine is an issue with jewellery), or bathing with it. I’d not anticipate something of this magnitude to happen with the work beneath regular use. However I believe it is very important inform collectors so we’re all on the identical web page. 

When you intend to calmly use the work, and show it, I anticipate it can carry out completely nicely. There are examples of Mokume-gane craftwork which might be lots of of years outdated.

So with that stated, if any of that sounds scary to you, if any patina or change within the materials is unacceptable to you, or you’re a critical fidgeter who needs essentially the most sturdy object you may get, I’d merely steer you to the stainless-steel model of the work. Chrome steel, no doubt, will outlast us all.

Thanks once more, and as all the time, feedback and questions are welcome.