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Category Archive: Metal

Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Bronze stand 'Mona Lisa' for a crystal candy bowl. Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Bronze stand Mona Lisa for a crystal candy bowl. Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Miniature bronze sculptures made by Moscow based artist of applied art Pavel Zaitsev remind of the old days of palace intrigues and magnificent balls. The bronze figures are striking in their realism and artistic performance – whether it’s French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo (1981 film “The Professional), or Mikhail Boyarsky as D’Artagnan. For more than 10 years Pavel Zaitsev has been engaged in manufacturing miniature bronze figurines as stands for wine glasses, vases, and glasses. During this time he has made more than a hundred of models. The combination of bronze and cut glass (crystal) looks extremely beautiful. Master combines crystal with other metals and hot casting. These are silver and nickel silver, brass, and even gold. Made in vintage style glasses associated with palace luxury – they are sought and aristocratic, worthy of the palace interior.
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Metal compositions by Art jeweler Andrey Avvakumov

Adam and Eve. Inspired by William Morris. Metal compositions by Art jeweler Andrey Avvakumov

Adam and Eve. Inspired by William Morris. Metal compositions by Art jeweler Andrey Avvakumov

Art jeweler Andrey Avvakumov is one of those unknown geniuses whose name will be known sooner or later. He is the author of awesome pieces of art – very interesting, elegant, unusual. Information about him on the net is not enough: “born in Moscow in 1967, where he lives to this day” – that’s all. But the miracle begins when you start to look at his work, and then you find out that…. dealing with virtuoso master. All his work is alive, breathing and fascinating. The jeweler works not only with noble metals, and brass in his hands gets rich shades of patina. Playing with polished and oxidized surface, he, as if the artist on paper, draws light and shadow. Among his works – rings, brooches, thimbles and charming beads. But the scale, of course decorative compositions – Paintings in the metal.
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Engraved glass and metal sculpture by Dalibor Nesnidal

Chameleon

Chameleon. Engraved glass and metal sculpture by Dalibor Nesnidal

Engraved glass and metal sculpture by Dalibor Nesnidal

Dalibor Nesnidal sculpture, in fact, is wonderful surreal stories told in glass engraving, metal and wood. Czech glass artist, sculptor, painter, illustrator and musician Dalibor Nesnidal is a very versatile and creative person. The gallery of his art works include glass sculptures and wooden objects, pictures, drawings, illustrations, and bookbinding. In the period from 1969 to 1973 he was educated at the Artistic Production in Prague, majoring in artistic blacksmithing. In 1981 he began working with glass in the glass company “Moser”. The same year appeared his first glass works. From 1990 to 2009, the artist worked with Milan Mottl glass works in Karlovy Vary. Dalibor Nesnidal currently lives and works in a small village. Surrounded by nature, he often uses in his work wood, stone and bone. He paints, illustrates books and magazines, and even published his Author’s books – in 2010 – “Four Masters”, and in 2015 “Tales from the region under the regents”. From 1993 to this day Dalibor has participated in numerous personal exhibitions in his home country and abroad.
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Ruth Jensen Wire Sculpture

Porcus Aurelius, life-size copper wire pig, now at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Ruth Jensen Wire Sculpture

Porcus Aurelius, life-size copper wire pig, now at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Ruth Jensen Wire Sculpture

Ruth Jensen Wire Sculpture
Talented American sculptor and jeweler Ruth Jensen (Spark flight) lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. She is enthralled by wire, which she finds to be perfect for revealing the extraordinary beauty and transience of “ordinary” things. Interestingly, she creates each sculpture one twist at a time, without patterns or molds, using bazillions of pieces of straight wire. No solder, no molds, no preformed mesh, just hours of twisting. “I “see” the shape I want, and make the wires come together in that shape, like putting a puzzle together. (I love puzzles.) My pieces are meant to intrigue and delight you.”
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Louise Goodchild miniature woven wire Jewellery

Sunset. Louise Goodchild miniature woven wire Jewellery

Sunset. Louise Goodchild miniature woven wire Jewellery

Louise Goodchild miniature woven wire Jewellery
British artist, designer, and jeweler Louise Goodchild creates truly artful jewellery. In particular, her collection consists of beautiful miniature handcrafted wire pendants made from colored copper wire, and glass seed bead. Besides, Louise Goodchild creates both traditional jewellery (mainly earrings) and more unique wire-work – little wearable wire pictures. Meanwhile, over the years, she has developed her own distinctive, instantly recognizable style. Noteworthy, Louise avoids using ready-made components in her wire pendants, so it’s always a challenge to create the motifs she needs from wire and beads. “Wire can do so many different things. Because of the immense variety of colors and gauges – and the fact that you can mix both of those up by twisting, plaiting etc. – there’s so much you can do with it…”. According to Louise, often if an idea jumps into her head and “keeps insistently poking her brain”, she’ll find a way to make it happen.
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Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Wasteland. Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Wasteland. Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives
Chinese artist from Beijing has made an incredible series of knives with elaborately carved figures out of the blades. Openwork pattern is if grows of metal: frozen for an instant family of deer, flying eagle, and a shooter, hiding behind a tree. In short, the skilful hand of the master turns ordinary kitchen knives into works of art. Meanwhile, a special attraction is due to the contrast between the heavy metal blades and almost weightless figures created out of their bases.
Born in 1974 in Jilin province, China, Li Hongbo graduated from Fine Arts Department of Jilin Normal University (1996). Besides, in 2002 he completed a course of Folk Art Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. Li Hongbo is a member of Experimental Art Committee of Chinese Artists Association.
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Legend of Bidri art

Elephant. Legend of Bidri art. Traditional metal handicraft from Bidar, India

Elephant. Legend of Bidri art. Traditional metal handicraft from Bidar, India

Legend of Bidri art
“Bidri” is a traditional metal handicraft from Bidar, a city in India. Nowadays Bidar-ware – is not only a tradition, but also one of the crafts embodying this enigmatic country. The thing is that these products are made in only one place in India, in Bidar. The current Bidar – a mediocre Asian town with narrow streets and houses of one or two floors of mud brick. People just sleep in these houses, and only in the rainy season and during the cooler months. The rest of the time they spend in the crowded streets, doing housework, trading or just chatting with a neighbor at a cup of tea.
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