How to Make a Metal Fish Sculpture
Cut, weld and spray paint metal to create this whimsical fish sculpture.
Materials and Tools:
16-gauge sheet metal
1" wide strap metal
spray paint in various colors
clear coat sealer
several sets of pliers
half round jewels for eyes
- Draw three fish shapes on a sheet of metal with a permanent marker.
- Cut the fish out with a plasma torch.
- Grind smooth all the sharp edges with a grinder.
- Cut three lengths of 1-inch strap material for seaweed.
- Create pointy straps with a torch and then grind smooth.
- Put each piece of seaweed in a vise and twist into artistic shapes using pliers.
- Lay out the seaweed and fish on a table in desired positions.
- Weld the seaweed together.
- Contour the fish with a large rubber hammer and vise. Pound the metal until it is curved and bent to the desired shape. This will give dimension to the fish.
- While cooling, paint the seaweed with glossy black spray paint.
- When the seaweed is dry, place the fish in the original layout position.
- Tack weld the fish into place on the seaweed.
- Add a hanger to the back of the seaweed. Let cool.
- Place newsprint paper and tape around the seaweed to protect it from paint overspray.
- Spray paint fish in lively colors.
- Add detail to the fish, including gills, mouth and fin lines with a permanent marker.
- Let dry and spot paint the seaweed as necessary.
- Glue one-half round jewel to each fish for eyes using white glue. Weld two rods to the back of each fish a few inches apart to attach later to the seaweed.
- Clear coat all parts and let dry.