How does an artist make a stainless steel work of art?

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How does an artist make a stainless steel work of art?

Stainless steel art commissions, free work or garden statues

Making free work (making artworks without commission) is very fun for a stainless steel artist, but also risky. Investments must be made in materials and time. That only pays off if the statue is also sold. That is why it is a nice challenge to work on an art assignment. Usually there is a certain wish or reason for a work of art. The place is often already known: at home in the garden (garden image), at the entrance of the company or as a gift or award.But an art is not necessarily less free than Free Work to make. It is as Goethe said at the time: In der Beschränkung zeigt sich erst der Meister .


Design stainless steel sculptures

Before you start making a sculpture, there must first be a design. As a stainless steel artist-sculptor it starts with sketching. If between those sketches – it could also be a scribble on the corner of the newspaper – there is one that “something” follows the next step.


Stainless steel sculpture in miniature

The sketch must be translated or visualized into a three-dimensional form. This can be done in several ways: neat and with a small model of inexpensive sculpting materials as  wax, plaster or cardboard. Nowadays it’s also possible to make a 3D model with a computer and print it  it on a 3D printer.


For me it often works faster and more pleasant to make it from material that you can touch. Feeling the image in your hands is still a special experience that you miss with a 3D program. In contrast, the 3D program reflects the ability wonderful artists impressions make that look lifelike. As if the art statue or sculpture is already made of stainless steel. But whatever choice the sculptor makes, it almost always starts with sketches that result in small scale models of cardboard or a 3D artist impression . After that, I almost always first make a full-size prototype of cheap sculpting materials such as wax, clay, cardboard or wood. 

Stainless Steel Sculptures Mock-up

When I like the model or the 3D impression , I work the design of the stainless steel art statue in full size from cheap sculpture materials. With this, simple adjustments can be made to the art image. The design for the full-size stainless steel sculpture immediately shows whether the proportions are correct. I also see if the size is correct. The stainless steel sculpture should not look too small or too big .


Make stainless steel art sculpture

You can make stainless steel sculptures or stainless steel art with various metal processing techniques. If the shape and proportions are in order after various refinements, the sculpture or art statue will get its shape by cutting, tapping, setting, bending and / or welding the stainless steel or stainless steel. Stainless steel sheet metal and stainless steel profiles are then the final material that I work with as a sculptor / artist.


Finish stainless steel art

Beautiful stainless steel art deserves a nice finish. You cannot make a beautiful image if the finish is not top notch. My stainless steel sculptures always get a beautiful and appropriate finish. The skin of the stainless steel can be ground smooth and then polished like a mirror with a deep and high gloss. A beautiful stainless steel sculpture that shines like a mirror in the sunlight is dazzlingly beautiful. The contrast between the high-gloss parts and the consciously matted parts give the image extra tension. It makes it fascinating to look at the art object. Sanding or brushing stainless steel without direction can also be very nice.

Quality stainless steel sculptures

A beautiful sculpture must remain beautiful . That is why I use the highest quality stainless steel for art sculptures made of stainless steel. That is quality 316 (stainless steel 316) . That is the stainless steel type that is used for expensive seaworthy yachts. The stainless steel sculptures therefore also remain beautiful outside. Stainless steel works of art are suitable for indoors ( home or office ), but also for outside in the garden (garden image) or in public space.


View stainless steel art

In addition to my website, some of my stainless steel sculptures can also be viewed in several sculpture gardens and galleries in the Netherlands. Please call in advance to make an appointment and to inquire whether the stainless steel sculptures or art sculptures in which you are interested are also on display.


This article is brought to you by stainless steel sculptures Jeroen Stok – Stainless steel artist
April 30, 2021 |

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