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Silverware Sea Dragon by Angi-kat Silverware Sea Dragon by Angi-kat
EDIT: OMG!!! A DD!!! I was totally not expecting to see that when I opened up my internet today. :O

Thank you everyone for the congratulations, the favs, the following, and the llama badges! I can't respond to everyone who's sent me messages, but I've read all of them and wanted to say thank you! You guys are awesome.

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Lately I've been very busy preparing for a lot of art events. Which means I've been making a lot of small, simple, 'cookie-cutter-ish' designs. And frankly... I was getting kinda sick of it. I really wanted to do something big. Something cool. Something I could put up and display that said "LOOK HOW AWESOME I AM!!"

....I also happened to have way too much scrap metal piling up in my shop that I needed to get rid of. As well as a bucket of silverware that's been sitting around for months going "Please, use meh!"

So this last weekend, I strapped on my Creativity Hood and went to work!

I'd had this idea of a large Sea Dragon wall sculpture bouncing around my head for quite a while. It was the sole reason I bought all that silverware... and with an art festival coming up, as well as a local exhibit, this seemed the perfect time to throw down with my inner sea monster.

This bad boy measures 8ft long x 3ft tall, and weighs somewhere in the range of 50lbs-ish. So not terribly heavy, just very unwieldy to transport.

The frame is crafted from rebar and 1/8in + 1/4in round bar, which is used to make ribbing (a frame for the curve of the body) and supports (so it doesn't flop and bend when you move it).

I had a lot of large scrap chunks that needed to go. I can't use them on my smaller scrap animals, so they've been accumulating for quite a while and were becoming a real nuisance. Since this is so large, I used up just about all of it on this (hurray!).

I had originally planned on using silverware to form the majority of the body. But since this thing is so huge, I just didn't have enough silverware, nor did I have time to go and buy more. So I had to improvise a bit and figure out how to use what I had to the most benefit.

Knives make great spines and fins. All these knives are butter knives, so while they may be a bit pokey, none of them have sharpened edges or points.

Spoons make fabulous scales. But I wanted to do as little modifying of the silverware as possible (aka-didn't wanna chop off all the handles). Since I had all these spoons with really long handles, and laying them flat didn't really look good, I instead turned them into a bristling mane to accent the spines. If you've ever spent time looking at sea life, there's a lot of creatures out there with tendril-like cilia, and that's what I wanted to go for.

The tail fin I wanted to look distinctly different, so I used forks along with knives, giving the tail more of a spiny brush look. I didn't want to keep with the silverware handles on the tail. They would obscure the forks too much, and I felt that it would add too much clutter to the overall sculpture. So off went the handles, and I laid down a simple line of spoon scales to edge the fin and keep it in-theme with the rest of the design.

The copper tubing was an experiment. I haven't used copper in anything before. I don't have the tools to solder it anyway. But that doesn't mean I couldn't find a creative use for it!
Being that its naturally shiny, I figured the copper would make for a pretty, distinctive accent I could use to edge my design. I bent it so that it would follow the natural curve of the body, like stripes on a fish. Since I couldn't solder it, I cut 3in lengths of round bar, and inserted it into the pipe, then welded the rod to the frame. This way the pipe will stay in place, but is still removable/replaceable.
I'm really pleased with the copper tubing on this. With the body being painted, if there was nothing on it, it would be... too solid a blue, and would lose some of its impact. But the copper tubing breaks up the uniformity of the color, and draws the eye down the serpents body with its contrasting color.

The serpent looked really good in just plain metal. But I wanted to paint it. I've recently been playing with an automotive dual-color paint that turns blue and purple depending on the angle you look at it. And what is more fitting for a sea monster then shimmery scales right??

You can't see it very well in the picture unfortunately... and you need decent lighting to really get the best effect of the paint. But the body shifts colors when you move to different angles! Its really pretty, and accents the grey and silver tones of the steel very nicely.
I tipped the tendrils in a coppery gold paint to add further visual contrast and draw the eye down the body. Living them silver caused the scales/cilia/spines to all blend together into this patch if silvery lump. Like... it looked good... but there wasn't really any notable, eye catching contrast. Tipping it in gold added more color to the overall piece, and helped tie in with the copper tubing to everything felt more naturally connected.

The face I left plain steel for visual contrast. I ran stripes of weld bead for texture decoration, and darkened the metal. The teeth were a lot of fun. :D They were a bit of an experiment, since before this, when I made teeth, they were just simple triangular cut-outs. That wasn't going to work for this. I wanted some seriously nasty chompers on this guy, and I wanted them to look like actual teeth. Not retarded, ghetto flat cut-outs.

The eye I purposely made large and very bright and flat, to give it that 'big-eyed' fish look. I really wanted it to pop and stand out so when you look at this up on the wall, you've got this baleful eye gazing down on you.

I'm really hoping I can sell this big fella somewhere. If not... I guess he'll have to decorate my wall for a while... oh darn!

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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-06-26
Silverware Sea Dragon by ~Angi-kat ( Suggested by ChimeraDragonfang and Featured by maytel )
:iconmorchellaelata:
MorchellaElata Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
This is an amazing sculpture. The silverware really brings it above and beyond your other work (which I also really like!)
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:iconmaster-of-dizazter:
master-of-dizazter Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you! are a f#king genius!!
this is just awesome
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:iconflameofmanyshades:
FlameOfManyShades Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
That's so cool!
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:iconnardmonster:
nardmonster Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Wow wow wow!!! That is absolutely beautiful! I'm almost at a loss for words to say just what I think of it. Suffice to say, I really like it, and I think the creative use of cutlery is just icing on the cake. I would totally buy this if I had the money for it!
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:icondino-mario:
Dino-Mario Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Inspiring!
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:iconthegalleryofeve:
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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:iconsatsugaitenma888:
SatsugaiTenma888 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconrothaga173:
rothaga173 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
so awesome
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:iconpikachu-28:
Pikachu-28 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
:iconwowplz::wow:
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:iconwow-wolf-vomitas:
WOW-wolf-Vomitas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
It is adorable.
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:icontaraakian:
Taraakian Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
I want one.
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:iconorcanaria:
Orcanaria Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so cool!
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:iconlostinthemorning:
LostInTheMorning Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably the coolest sculpture I've ever seen.
And also the coolest thing I've ever seen that contains silver ware.
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:iconmisted-dream:
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool! Congrats on the DD--it's an awesome piece of art. :D
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:iconanimerocks234:
AnimeRocks234 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wow...
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:iconnekoninja13:
NekoNinja13 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
this is very cool
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:iconares12:
ares12 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Writer
Cool, cool cool cool.
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:iconsecretagentg:
SecretagentG Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is incredible! :D Wonderful work!
I never would have connected silverware with sea creatures, but now it just seems to make sense for some reason. :XD:
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
:heart: Congrats on the DD! :clap:
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:iconwindthin:
Windthin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work, truly.
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:iconqueenofspades137:
QueenOfSpades137 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Incredible! This is extremely unique and awesome. Keep up the good work and don't let yourself be limited.
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:icondragonfreaksparky:
DragonFreakSparky Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is truly creative!! I would totally have this hanging on my wall, it's so awesome! Kudos on the DD! :clap:
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:iconpeter-the-knotter:
Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
One can look at this and have absolutely no qualms or doubts about this sculpture deserving it's DD.....

Yes, there have ben similar sculptures like the unicorn made from m/cycle parts @ Phoenix Art Centre, and I've seen similar in paris, Madrid, Barcelona, London etc.... But this one rivals all of these and, I'm sure any to come... There is hard work, plenty of previous practice, a vision, technique and dedication to their art, plainly on show here...

So, again: no qualms!, no doubts! Bravo! You easily earnt this.... P.

btw: the copper tube is kinda strange... which makes it sthg interesting.. I love being challenged in my perceptions... hehe... ;)
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:iconphantomdragons:
phantomdragons Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
sweetheart you DESERVE the DD
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:iconxdoglate:
xDoglate Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely fantastic work! I wish I could have one ^^
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cannot express how utterly awesome this is!
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:iconking-ghidorah:
king-ghidorah Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is crazy and awesome at the same time
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:iconnicolasjolly:
nicolasjolly Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!
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:icondarkaurora00:
DarkAurora00 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome use of the modern and mundane to create the imaginative and fantastic! Well done!
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:iconsandrassunnyshoppe13:
SandrasSunnyShoppe13 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WOW, just WOW <3 :D
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:iconkenyastarflight:
kenyastarflight Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my gosh, that is amazing! :D I want him on my wall!

And I've heard before that the bowls of spoons make excellent scales -- I attended a cosplay workshop once where they suggested you could make scale armor or a reptilian outfit using plastic spoons. Time-consuming but cool-looking in the end.
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful. You have very interesting style. Really good work! Congratulations!
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:iconlonewolf100:
lonewolf100 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
awesome job congrats on the dd
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:icon0bsidianfire:
0bsidianFire Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That is an awesome dragon. Really like how you can't tell it's silverware from the thumbnail and I love the textures on it. This makes me think of some Urban Legend about weird sea creatures you'd find in urban swimming pools or on a heavily crowded beach.
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:iconshirley-agnew-art:
Shirley-Agnew-Art Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
This is amazing, it must have taken a lot of work! :-)
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:iconrassafraggin:
rassafraggin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
:heart: *delighted squealing* :heart:
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:iconkirschenwasser:
Kirschenwasser Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations to the well deserved DD! Dance!
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:iconaegiandyad:
aegiandyad Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
The 'inverse perspective' on the joins in the concrete make this beast look as if it is floating in the air. A bravura performance.
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:icontoxic-moon-dragon:
Toxic-Moon-Dragon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This truely increadible!!!! I am in...just...AWE!!!! Very nice work!!!!
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:iconzaboo17:
zaboo17 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Wow, awesome!
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:icongryffgirl:
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Beautiful, very original and so creative! Congratulations on your DD! :clap:
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:iconabsinthe50:
absinthe50 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Very cool, and a well deserved DD, congrats :)
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:iconatanapotnia:
Atanapotnia Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
This is amazing!!!
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:iconrayckro:
Rayckro Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Congratulation on the Daily Deviation. :D
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:icontirramirr:
Tirramirr Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey dude how are you this evning
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:iconaaicrag:
Aaicrag Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
This is awesome!!
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:iconvchin:
vchin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
So Amazing!
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
    Have a nice day! :heart:
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:iconboltonartist:
Boltonartist Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite spectacular!
I really love the effect of the scales and cutlery proportions-- and especially that catching eye!
Hold slap its inspirational...

'Grats on the DD! :star:
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:iconsavaliste:
Savaliste Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Great Work! Congratz on the Daily Deviation! :peace:
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