Introduction: How to Fabricate Mirror Polished Stainless Steel Sculpture

Stainless steel sculpture with mirror polished finishing is very popular in public art works. It involves many steps and have to be performed by skillful fabricator. This tutorial shows how we fabricate the artworks.

Step 1: Digital Modelling

Digital Modeling. The commonly used digital model applications are Zbrush, 3D Max,Rhino, etc.
For simple shaped artworks, we recommend using Rhino and 3D Max.

Step 2: Engineering and Preping Stainless Steel Sheet.

High quality stainless steel is the foundation to create beautiful works. We suggest use marine grade stainless steel sheet 316, which features superior corrosion resistance performance and high strength. It is crucial to make sure that the stainless steel sculptures will never get corrosion placed outdoors, even in warm and high humidity environment. Compared with stainless steel Grade 201 and 304, stainless steel 316 works much more better on build quality.

After preparing for the stainless steel sheet, we cut and bend the stainless steel sheeting according to design using high precision water jet cutter or plasma cutter.

Step 3: Building Armature of the Sculpture.

All joints are full welded to maximize strength. We use TIG and MIG for welding. The welding rods have to be exactly the same as the stainless steel sheet. Otherwise there will be imperfection on the finished works.

Step 4: Fabrication

This is the crucial steps in the entire fabrication process. The sculptures will be formed as its design. All the welding joints and seams have to fulled examined.

Step 5: Polishing

Polishing is a dirty job, involving many steps, which have to be performed in correct order and in right technique.

These are material commonly used for polishing: polishing wheel, cotton wheel, non-woven wheel and polishing paste. The hard and tough polishing wheel is used in first stage and then softer cotton wheel. Polishing paste of different colors are also used in different stage.

Step 6: Installation

This is the finished works of mirror polished stainless steel works.

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devonfletch made it! (author)2014-01-20

Reminds me of Monty Python, How to play the flute: 'Blow in one end, and move your fingers up and down the notes.'

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Vyger made it! (author)2014-01-03

How long will the polished metal remain "bright". Does it have to be re-polished at regular intervals?

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Tany Foundry made it! (author)Tany Foundry2014-01-05

Hi Vyger,

We spend one month for the polishing process. One it is polsihed, no "repolish" is required as the finished will last for very long time.

A regular mainteance, such as dust removing, is recommeded.

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