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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
9:43 pm - Kinetic sculpture: Flying Hulls

gearhead69
This piece was a commission gifted from a wife to her husband. Both share a love of sailing, and she wanted a sculpture that would highlight their pastime. The frame was created using a photo of their own boat as a guide for proper proportioning and placement of the sails and overall structural elements. The track was a little interesting to route around the sails and rest of the frame, but it turned out great, and the husband loves it, particularly the ball jump!

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Thursday, April 10th, 2014
7:17 pm - New kinetic sculpture with video

gearhead69
Been working hard and got something new. Well, there's been several "somethings," but I'm just going to add the most recent one here. I spent a lot of time doing the upright supports, and the track was a big challenge to get set at just the right angle so the marble didn't travel too fast. This is quite a bit different than other pieces I have done. There were a lot of challenges to making a piece with no curves at all anywhere in the track!

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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
4:49 pm - New desktop kinetic sculpture

gearhead69
Just finished up this piece a few weeks ago and finally got the video shot! At the end of the video is a preview of two other sculptures that I have also completed. Those will have their own videos soon as well. This is made, like my others, of 1/8" stainless steel and uses a 1" marble. I am doing a whole series of these smaller pieces. You can find more of them on my web site at www.tomharold.com including pricing. I am trying to keep the smaller pieces really close to the $200 range.

Hope you enjoy this one. Comments or thumbs up on Youtube are always appreciated. There are associated links there as well if you want to know more. Thanks!

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Monday, December 9th, 2013
9:08 pm - New kinetic sculpture completed with video: Meer-col

gearhead69
This one was tough! I got a late notice on a call for art for the mayor's office. I've never tried for any sort of sub on art work as yet. I decided it was time to take the plunge, and that the extremely short timeline (basically a weekend and a couple of weeknights) was going to be the acid test on my deadline abilities.

Long story short, I got it done, and it was accepted! Even after I completed the initial work I still had to keep working on it constantly to fine tune it in case it was accepted, plus I had to make a hanging back board for it since they would not be screwing it directly into the wall. I have already gotten word that the staff there loves it.

The specs: 30"Wx17"Hx8"D, all stainless steel, 1/8" rod for the track, 1"4 tubing for the frame with 1/4" solid rod for the frame legs. The marbles are 1" in diameter. The coil was a huge challenge to get functioning right. It is tough when you have more than one marble spinning through it at a time, but the whole thing works! It works!!!!

So you wanna see it work! So here:

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Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
7:01 pm - Stainless steel themed rolling ball sculpture completed - with video!

gearhead69
I wish I could complete projects more quickly, but I'm happy to say that this one is done and working great! It was commissioned by a dentist's office, and I took the opportunity to make several suggestions. The client wanted "something toothy," and the frame nicely handled that request. I asked if they had any dental instruments, and they were extremely excited to help me out with those! This piece has several dental tools welded right onto it (dental instruments are generally made of very high quality stainless steel!).

There are plenty of loops, dips, curves, spirals and other fun things going on with this piece. I hope you enjoy it. Please pass it along to anyone you know who may also like it.

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Friday, June 21st, 2013
9:31 pm - Rolling Ball Sculpture completed

gearhead69
It has taken over a year and a half, but I have finally completed a commission of a wall mounted rolling ball sculpture. This was the first of its kind for me in size, plus the fact that it features a motor-driven chain lift for the 1-inch marbles that it uses. It is all of welded steel and all the track was bent by hand. Scrap materials were incorporated throughout. The entire piece was specially painted to prevent rust once completed. It measures over four feet tall and nearly three feet wide and has approximately 52 feet of track not included the special elements. That's over 100 feet of wire bent entirely by hand! Check it out! Comments and questions are always welcome. You can see more of my art at www.tomharold.com.

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Friday, November 16th, 2012
1:39 pm - New steel kinetic sculpture video

gearhead69
I've been working hard at getting more art done. This latest one is really cool for its use of scrap steel. The whole piece was done in mild steel, and I found a great place locally that can do a super tough clear coat on it so that it won't ever rust. Best of all, it still rings just as I'd intended!

Rings? Yes! Check out the vid. I plan to make a series of these and am looking to price them under $200.



current mood: accomplished

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Thursday, November 8th, 2012
8:33 pm

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Saturday, August 18th, 2012
8:07 pm - Rolling ball sculpture video

gearhead69
I had posted previously with a still photo of a sculpture I completed. Here is some video of the sculpture in action! Much more fun to actually be able to watch it do its thing.



current mood: accomplished

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Thursday, August 9th, 2012
1:30 am - Stainless rolling ball sculpture completed

gearhead69
Here is a photo of a rolling ball sculpture that I recently completed. It uses one-inch marbles. Most of it is 1/8" rod, but there is some perforated stainless on there as you can see, and the pyramid that forms the frame is something like 3/16" or 3/8". There is a hand-operated starting gate, one spiral, a loop-the-loop, and there are actually two tracks, the initial track being split into two using a tipper-style splitter.

Triangle Twist rolling ball sculpture

current mood: accomplished

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Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
5:38 pm - Advice?

lauraj_2012

I need to make some little sculptures, about 17cm high, casting them with a latex mould. They will be painted (by kids) and then left outdoors, so need to be waterproof. Does anyone know:

1.)  What I should cast them in? I’m looking for something like Plaster of Paris, i.e. white, and giving a surface on which I can paint, but waterproof. I saw something called Cassini’s Outdoor – is that any good?

2.)  What they should then be painted with? Poster paints? Acrylics? It’s OK if they then have to be painted over with some sort of varnish / sealant to make them waterproof, but it’d be great if there was a paint that’d be waterproof straight away. And it’s be absolutely perfect if it was very safe for children, i.e. not toxic.

3.)  If they do then have to be painted with some other sealant to be waterproof – what’s best?

I’m looking for materials that are available in the UK – and that will stand up to the UK climate! Thanks.

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Monday, January 16th, 2012
10:14 pm - Rolling Ball Sculpture - with video!

gearhead69
I did this piece for my nephews and put together a video of it as well. The video is not the highest quality, but it will give you an idea of how it operates. As with my other pieces, this one is copper and brass, soldered. It uses standard-sized marbles.

I have completed a steel piece and am in the process of working on another steel commission for a client. It is fairly large in size and will have a motor-driven chain lift to raise the marbles back to the top. This will likely be one of the last copper pieces I create.



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Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
7:16 pm

lunaricsales
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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
10:21 pm

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
2:24 pm - Rolling Ball Sculpture

gearhead69
Here are a couple of photos of some kinetic sculpture I completed recently. The little stair-step portion at the end is something I've not tried previously. It was a challenge to get everything lined up properly, but it turned out very well. I'm getting to the point where I could really use some more specific metal working tools like a press and a brake and a punch, but there aren't funds for those yet, so everything is still being worked by simple hand tools. It takes more time, but the results are still very nice.

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current mood: accomplished

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Thursday, January 20th, 2011
10:13 am - Copper rolling ball sculpture

gearhead69
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Here is a piece I recently completed for a client. Sadly, it was not until after I shipped it off that I realized I hadn't taken a nicer photo of it. Still, it turned out quite nicely. In this photo it is actually not quite finished, as it has yet to be attached to the base. It is constructed from copper 10ga copper wire similar to what is used to wire up electrical outlets. All forms are bent by hand, sometimes utilizing a funnel or plant pot to assist in creating smooth curves.

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Thursday, January 13th, 2011
9:50 pm

lunaricsales
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
11:00 pm

lunaricsales
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Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
7:54 pm

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
9:13 pm - "Awful!" - "The Ukrainian Potential"

rerter10

"Awful!" - that was the first reaction of the people who visited the presentation when they saw "The Ukrainian Potential"

The sculptor stressed that he was inspired to create this work by his recent travelling around Ukraine. "I was shocked of what I saw: ruins, poverty, a total decay. However on TV the politicians tell us that everything is fine and will be even better. But Ukraine is different. Now you will see the way it looks."



 

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Official website of the sculptor http://www.kingofmarble-shmatko.com/engver/index_en.html
 


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