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Postby Karl Wunderlich » Sat Nov 21, 2009 5:09 pm

I took me a while to get back on the bench due a home move of mine two month ago and I am still not having all things back on their place. Now I am busy with this thingie...

The pictures are shoot from the hip with a pocked camera - as my bigger cam is still un-boxed- , so forgive me for the quality of the pics...

The little head is chased in the full round out of a single sheet of silver... its overall hight is 3 cm...
it is planned to embellish the piece with enamel...
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Re: recent thing I play with...work in progress

Postby Ford » Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:54 pm

ok...now I can officially pass the crazy title to you, Karl :clap: :clap: :clap:

Brilliant just to see you push the metal to this degree :thumbsup: Lovely modelling and feel to the face too....almost a synthesis of Baroque and Arte Noveau.

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Re: recent thing I play with...work in progress

Postby Leon » Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:14 am

un-be-liev-a-ble!!

"chased in the round" Anyone else I would call a liar.

:clap: Great technique but marvelous art!!
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Re: recent thing I play with...work in progress

Postby Karl Wunderlich » Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:49 am

Thanks for the kind words, Ford and Leon.
Ford wrote:almost a synthesis of Baroque and Arte Noveau.
yes, its the period I am referring to. The head is meant as a hommage to the beheaded queen Marie Antoinette.
I refused for a long time to use a single head as a jewel...as it is quite common and mostly used without further thinking about the origin of the motive... heads were mostly used as apotropaic magic like the head of Medusa or those of all kins of enemies... one famous example are the heads of dying warriors made by Andreas Schlüter in Berlin...
schlüter.JPG
... I wanted to go back to those hidden meanings...

Anyway, here are some pics of an earlier try in this technique... I spoiled this because I didnt got the proportions right...
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Re: recent thing I play with...work in progress

Postby Ford » Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:21 pm

aah...Karl. You're making me want to do some uchidashi again. Maybe we might work on something like this together when you visit in march? You're good at nudes, I'm good at snails....could be an amazing collaboration...or just scary weird :think: :smartass:
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Re: recent thing I play with...work in progress

Postby Dick Bonham » Sun Nov 22, 2009 3:36 pm

Hi Karl.
Great head! You are a MASTER CRAFTSMAN!.
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Re: recent thing I play with...work in progress

Postby Karl Wunderlich » Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:35 am

Ford wrote:..... Maybe we might work on something like this together when you visit in march?....

Well, that would be cool. I`ll see if I can come up with some sketches soon... just as a basis for further discussion... 8)

Hi Dick, thanks for the complement. :redface:
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Re: recent thing I play with...work in progress

Postby Doug Sanders » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:11 pm

Karl- I really like the synthesis your work has between what I see as very solid, anatomical and sculptural training (something I don't think is taught in the US much at all- at least I didn't get it, and have a lot of catching up :crybaby: ) with a rawness and freshness. Your work is never overworked, but hits hard.
I think it's a great irony that your work isn't 'precious', but involves precious metals, enamel, jewels
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Re: recent thing I play with...work in progress

Postby Karl Wunderlich » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:39 pm

Thanks Doug. :thanx:
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Re: recent thing I play with...work in progress

Postby Magnus Homestead » Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:21 pm

Hi Karl,
I'm just getting back to this site after long absence - just now saw this post. Exquisite piece - superb craftmanship, etc.

How many annealings? Looks like you chased this all the way from the start.
One does not begin by raising the form first and then chasing? Is this fine silver rather than sterling? I have so many questions - this is truly awesome to see.
Thanks for showing this!

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Re: recent thing I play with...work in progress

Postby Debbie K » Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:07 pm

Karl:

Just out of curiousity, what gauge of silver do you begin with? I tried something like this many years ago in copper with 18 gauge and ended up breaking thru on the tip of the nose.

Great piece, and I'm looking forward to seeing it enameled. Which brings up another question: How much trouble do you have with distortion of the metal (due to the difference in thickness) when heating? I've had things warp when trying to enamel 3-D pieces. Also, how do you counterenamel the inside and is it even necessary?

I'm very much looking forward to seeing what else you do with it, although I like it enough right now that I don't care if it gets enameled. The pity is, only metal-wonks like us even can begin to appreciate the mad skills it takes to make something like this with this technique.

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Re: recent thing I play with...work in progress

Postby Karl Wunderlich » Sat Mar 20, 2010 6:36 pm

Magnus Homestead wrote:How many annealings? Looks like you chased this all the way from the start.
One does not begin by raising the form first and then chasing? Is this fine silver rather than sterling?

Hi Magnus.... it needs so many annealings as were needed for the job....it was chased right from the beginning, because it is similar to uchidachi .... the material is 970 enamelling silver, which is soft enough for heavy deformation but not too soft.

Debbie K wrote:Just out of curiousity, what gauge of silver do you begin with? I tried something like this many years ago in copper with 18 gauge and ended up breaking thru on the tip of the nose.

Hi Debbie, I ve started off with 0,5 mm material, but it thickens considerably during working... no danger to break thru at some point...
and I am still in an experimental stage with enamelling.... I keep you posted .... :)
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Re: recent thing I play with...work in progress

Postby Bartosz Ulatowski » Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:48 pm

Very nice work Karl. You know I finished academy of fine arts in Poland- sculpture and head was think we done over and over again and I must say that's a nice one ;) But in my opinion it looks more like modernism or something around 1900. For example there was great Polish artist, Xawery Dunikowski and your work reminds me a bit his.
http://www.zyciepw.pl/wp-content/upload ... kowski.jpg
http://www.krzysztof-musial.pl/kolekcja/rzezba/kat7.htm
http://www.krzysztof-musial.pl/kolekcja ... /kat16.htm
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Re: recent thing I play with...work in progress

Postby Karl Wunderlich » Tue May 04, 2010 6:26 am

Thanks Bartosz. I like the sculpture seen at the second link you have posted. It might be some eastern european taste sneaked into my work... because before I attended art school I took intense drawing lessons in the studio of these funky guys...
Image The Posin Brothers were good teachers... but admittedly I am not a fan of their art...
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Re: recent thing I play with...work in progress

Postby Bartosz Ulatowski » Tue May 04, 2010 10:57 am

Hmm they have a rally and I mean really a lot of hair ;) Well Dunikowski was more a western europe artist, he spend some time in Paris ect... Any way it was only a association in my mind. I dodn't want to judge your really great work. True respect.
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