So about that box in the garage I was telling you about, you know, the one I found the picture in, I told you, the reader, that I also found something else.
Long lost but not forgotten, was a casting I did in aluminum.
I had taken it to class to show some kids and they promptly broke it so I put it away knowing I needed to fix it then forgot about it for like three years.
What happened was they broke a pin that was holding the whole thing together:
Basically, what I had to do was flatten the pin on both sides, then drill them out and put in a new one. Since I was working with aluminum, this was a fairly easy deal. Since it had been sitting in a box for so long, I got out the polish and cleaned it up.
I didn't like casting metal. The whole process was time consuming and tedious. I preferred to fabricate stuff.
Sort of like cut and paste with steel don't you know.
Anyways, with some Mother's Mag polish and some elbow grease:
My classmates told me it looked like a big Q-tip. Har, har!
Well okay. It does look like a giant bent Q-tip but that's not what it was all about. The top is mirror polished, while the bottom is textured:
I wanted it to look like the two ends were being stretched apart, each end having a different surface. I toyed with the idea of trying to capture the metal in its liquid form and freezing the image. I did a bronze casting with the same theme.
Once I started working it, I found the aluminum was still a bit malleable so I gave it a twist.
I called it Allongee, or Elongation.
Instead I got a two headed reproductive cell.
Still, it's one of my favorite pieces.
At least now it's fixed.