A flock of metal birds

By Shaun Jeffrey
on February 11, 2019
A flock of metal birds

I've just released a flock of metal birds on my website. I really enjoy making these and they look very effective hanging on the wall. 

Metal bird sculpture

I usually don't specify what type of bird it is, but they are all based on real birds.

Copper bird sculpture

I've also listed a horse head sculpture that I'd made.

Horse head sculpture

Copper bear head sculpture on eBay

By Shaun Jeffrey
on February 09, 2019
Copper bear head sculpture on eBay

I'm trying something different by selling this copper bear head on eBay: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F223377000877

It has a low initial asking bid, so if nobody else bids, you have every chance of acquiring this unique piece at a bargain price!Copper bear head sculpture

Various copper sculptures

By Shaun Jeffrey
on January 24, 2019
Various copper sculptures

Featured are pictures of some of the copper sculptures that I've made over the last couple of years. Traditionally copper is given as a 7th anniversary gift and also a 22nd anniversary gift, but it makes a wonderful gift for any occasion or reason.

Copper angel fish

Copper is a wonderful material to work with and while it takes on the appearance of gold when polished, applying heat can produce myriad other colours, which adds to its appeal. Copper skull

People are reputed to have been using copper for at least 8,000 years, and with the advent of creating copper alloys with the addition of tin, the harder metal bronze was made, which lead to stronger tools and weapons. 

Copper stingray sculpture

One of the most iconic copper sculptures must be the Statue of Liberty, the surface of which is a green patina caused by oxidation. I'm not quite on the scale of such an ambitious project, but I like to hope that my sculptures will stand the test of time in the same way. 

Copper hare and carrion crow sculpture

Copper fairy sculpture

The creative process

By Shaun Jeffrey
on December 27, 2018
Copper dragon design process

I thought I would show one of my creative processes from design to finished copper sculpture. I don't always sketch ideas as sometimes I work purely by sight and cut the copper to suit, but in this case I made a couple of rough sketches first to get an idea of how the finished sculpture would look.

Now although there doesn't look a lot to it, small items like this copper dragon can be hard to make when brazing. If the heat is applied for too long in one area, it can lead to melting the previous braze used to attach other parts, and it's very annoying to see something that was coming together suddenly fall apart as the braze melts. But then there's a sense of satisfaction when it does all hold together and the design takes shape. 

 

Copper birds

By Shaun Jeffrey
on November 22, 2018
Copper birds
I have an Etsy made local artisan event coming up on December 1st (https://www.visitcheshire.com/whats-on/etsy-made-local-nantwich-christmas-artisan-market-p254371), which I'm busy making items for. Among the things I'm making are a number of copper bird sculptures. I love making these handmade birds. Each one is unique as there's no template, so I fashion them totally freehand. Pictured here are a little wren and a hummingbird.Copper hummingbird sculptureCopper wren sculpture

Anglerfish - or how not all monsters are alien

By Shaun Jeffrey
on November 11, 2018
Copper anglerfish sculpture
I’ve always been fascinated with the ocean, not least because it’s the closest to an alien world we have.

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