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Month: April 2010

Eagles, dragons: Stainless steel takes on many forms

Eagles, dragons: Stainless steel takes on many forms

Metal fabricator Kevin Stone uses gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) to sculpt massive pieces of art from stainless steel. Read about Stone’s creative and technical processes and discover important tips that can improve your stainless steel welding. A few years ago Kevin Stone, a senior fabricator, decided to combine his years of welding experience with his innate artistic ability and began creating stainless steel sculptures on a large scale. While people make the pilgrimage to Stone’s yard in Chilliwack, B.C.,…

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Ceramics of pals Natsoulas, Kavaljian at Solomon Dubnick

Ceramics of pals Natsoulas, Kavaljian at Solomon Dubnick

Lee Kavaljian, 84, and Tony Natsoulas, 51, are the odd couple of art. Natsoulas, despite his small stature, seems larger than life. Outgoing, boisterous, full of energy, he’s a force of nature. Kavaljian, also diminutive, is quiet, shy, diffident and self-effacing. Yet they are the best of friends, and both are strong ceramic artists who are sharing a show at Solomon Dubnick Gallery. Their works are as different as their personas. Natsoulas, who was described as one of the top…

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Making a plaster sculpture

Making a plaster sculpture

Making a plaster sculpture can be achieved in two ways: by direct modeling and by casting the plaster from clay. This article will deal with the first method of direct modeling. Plaster is one of the most common and accessible materials available for art. There are many different grades of plaster, but for direct modeling ordinary building plaster will be suitable. You may however experiment with harder plasters that will be more expensive. You may simply pour plaster into a…

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The History of Photography in Lebanon

The History of Photography in Lebanon

The invention of photography in the 19th century came at a time of major developments in the Near and Middle East. So it is not out of place here to recall them so that the context of the development of photography in this region may be better understood. In 1799 the study of Egyptology took a great leap forward thanks to a discovery of great importance. A French officer came across the famous Rosetta Stone, which made possible the deciphering…

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Famous Gemstones

Famous Gemstones

Recent discussion in the news of the fake ruby valued at £11million pounds make me think of the genuinely most famous and valuable gem stones. I thought I would look to familiarize myself with the some of the most famous gems and take a look at why they have reached that status. The Hope Diamond. The 45.52 carat steel blue Hope Diamond was found in India. It weighs approximately 12 carats. It first came to public attention when Jean Batiste…

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Beginner Photography

Beginner Photography

As a beginner you may have a vast number of photography ideas. What you may be wondering is what technique is best to use with which idea. Before taking a photography course you may wish to try the technique described here. Before you begin list all of your ideas on paper. Sit down and give yourself twenty minutes of uninterrupted time to brainstorm every idea that is saturating your mind. This technique is often called a “brain dump.” You will…

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