Narrow softwood form culminating in points at either end, coiled in steel wire and 'braised' to create colour and texture.
Materials and techniques
Carved and shaped softwood form made using draw knife, spokeshave, compass plane and Surform bandsaw. 3mm diameter black annealed soft iron wire coiled around wood form then 'braised' using oxy-acetylene welding equipment. Scorched wooden form remains inside. Carbons from wood create black areas on the surface metal. The yellow areas are brass (mixture of copper and zinc). The pink areas are copper, created by 'burning' the brass - heating to extreme temperature to burn off the zinc. The piece is scrubbed using detergent and a bristle brush to remove excess flux then is sealed using a matt, clear acrcylic lacquer when dry.
Perter Nicki - Kunstandwerk and design from 'Talente '95' (Jan/Feb 1995)