Introduction: LIFE SIZE EAGLE IN STEEL

SICK OF DRAWING BIRDS SO AS I WORK WITH STEEL I THOUGHT I WOULD MAKE ONE. MADE A SALMON FOR ITS TALON JUST TO MAKE IT MORE DRAMATIC. THIS IS MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT 3D SCULPTURE.I INITIALLY DREW THE SHAPE OUT ON THE BENCH THEN BENT SOME 8MM ROUND BAR TO FORM THE ARMATURE THEN ADDED 2 MORE SLIGHTLY SMALLER ON EITHER SIDE. I BENT 3MM FLATS ROUND THE FRAME FOR FIXINGS ALL "FEATHERS" ARE CUT INDIVIDUALLY WITH THE PLASMA AND TACKED ON WITH MIG. THE SALMON WAS CUT IN 2 HALFS, BOWLED OUT WITH A BALL PEIN HAMMER, WELDED TOGETHER THEN DETAILED. THIS BIRD IS LIFE SIZE WITH A 2 METRE WING SPAN. HAVE SINCE DONE AN EAGLE OWL AND HALF WAY THROUGH AN OSPREY

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Earlsart (author)2016-09-13

Pretty awesome for a first attempt at 3-D metal sculpture. I used to use a ball peen hammer to make fish sculptures until a fellow artist suggested an air hammer like the body shops use. Way faster! Thanks for the follow.

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WobblyKnees (author)2014-06-09

How did the Osprey turn out?

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epitcher91 (author)2014-05-28

What kind of metal is used for the feathers?

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Haus Page (author)2012-11-11

Lovely piece! Wow, great work man.

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weldalot (author)Haus Page2012-11-11

Thankyou very much...appreciated

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rickster454 (author)2012-05-20

PLEASE DON'T get offended-!, But the fish is too straight, needs to be hanging, like in real life. -But this is SOOO cool!, Thanks for sharing.

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weldalot (author)rickster4542012-05-20

thats exactly why you need to see the sculpture in real life.. the fish isn't straight. I actually didn't make it for the bird I just noticed a small hole in the fin so I hooked it from the talon and it stayed there so I just left it.
Thanks for comments

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rickster454 (author)weldalot2012-05-21

well I can't wait to see more of your work, Thank You :-)

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Galonii (author)2012-04-18

How much would you charge for one of these. I have one son who is an Eagle Scout, and one about to make Eagle.

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weldalot (author)Galonii2012-04-18

I have recently sold one for £3000. This one i use for advertising pictures and as its my first one im not sure i could sell it. I do smaller versions from £800 upwards depending on time scale involved. Material costs are fairly cheap its just the build time on these ones where the cost is

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Galonii (author)weldalot2012-04-20

Thanks but I'm in the U.S. and it would cost a fortune to mail it here. It's very nice work!

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weldalot (author)Galonii2012-04-21

It would cost £140 approx. $300. Ive just priced to send one to New York

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TheFullMetalAlchemist (author)2012-04-21

Awesome work, it's so lifelike, the form is amazing.

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many thanks.. i have just finished a commission for an Osprey with fish and personally think ive got more "movement" in it. I will post some pics tomorrow as i forgot my camera today
thanks again,
Ramsay

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rimar2000 (author)2012-04-16

It is impressive! Congratulations.

If I do one, people will ask me "is it a mouse or a potato?"

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weldalot (author)rimar20002012-04-18

thanks very much. Love the quote lol. What would happen then if you tried to make a mouse or potato?

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rimar2000 (author)weldalot2012-04-19

They would say "What a beautiful airplane!"

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ironsmiter (author)rimar20002012-04-17

a potato of course!

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rug (author)2012-04-18

wow this is incredible !!!
nice work
was this your first attempt at it?

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weldalot (author)rug2012-04-18

Thanks, yes ive always been good at drawing birds but never tried sculpture

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rug (author)weldalot2012-04-19

Wow u should do a instructible on drawing something :)

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cammers (author)2012-04-17

wow

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weldalot (author)cammers2012-04-18

many thanks for your comments. I love your vases. Been fabricating and welding for over 20 years and always looking for small things to make and never even thought of vases. Brilliant designs and lovely work

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cammers (author)weldalot2012-04-18

Thanks for your comments too.
Those vases are pretty simple compared to your mighty eagle, but they are at least quick to make.

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doug06 (author)2012-04-16

That looks great man! I will have to try and make one some time.

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weldalot (author)doug062012-04-18

Many thanks. Go for it. Even if you cant draw just get a pic from the net and outline it onto a bench. Once you have the armature formed its easy enough to fill in details. The feathers take loads of time but really worth it for the end look
Let me know how you get on if you try one

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solomonhorses (author)2012-04-17

Amazing work!!! Beautiful.

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weldalot (author)solomonhorses2012-04-18

thankyou very much. appreciated

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poofrabbit (author)2012-04-17

This is amazing! Very well done!!

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weldalot (author)poofrabbit2012-04-18

Thankyou very much. Comments appreciated

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