Chariot Horses by HouseofChabrier
HouseofChabrier

This was done for DEC Associates, the Solid Brass was1/4" Thick and the original sheet was 6 feet X 12 feet. I designed the piece, and did all the full scale art work. The Horses were cut out by the metal shop in DEC to my drawing, the edges polished, and then the part was returned to me. I then with the help of a man covered the metal with 3M sandblast tape that is 12" wide and comes in large rolls. I then applied my blueprint pattern copied from my original design on vellum, and photo mounted that to the tape. I then cut the mask as my brain decided what would by shiny, fine grit, and coarse grit in the Sandblasting process. I then Sandblasted according to my wish and design. After that was totally complete, with the mask still on the metal, I washed the panels with soapy water and a cotton cloth. Then hosed off the panel. I then mixed up all the colors of gray from white to dark gray in Automotive catalyzed paint and air brushed the horses according to my desires but to client specifications. The client had thought just white, but I figured it needed to be shaped with tones of gray to look right. I then let it dry thoroughly, peeled it, removed any glue deposits from the tape, and cleaned thoroughly leaving no lint or water spots. It was then sent to the paint department where it was sprayed with a couple of coats of Clear Lacquer. This is about 8' wide by 6' tall approximately. It was installed on top of Green Marble at Caesars in Atlantic City.

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  • NekoiX2

    NekoiX2

    Thank you so much for explaining your process! It not only makes the work that much more appriciated, but also taught me a little something. :)

    Oct 19th, 2011 Reply
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  • JurgenDoe

    JurgenDoe

    Thank you very much for sharing this beautiful piece of art, it's inspirational to all of us artists and at Shadowness we like to thank our amazing artists for all they do, to show our appreciation for you, your artwork has been featured in todays Daily Inspiration #187

    http://shadowness.com/dailyinspiration/forum/daily-inspiration-187

    Sep 9th, 2011 Reply Shadowness Staff
  • JurgenDoe

    JurgenDoe

    This is brilliant and epic ., love the effort you put into all your pieces

    Sep 5th, 2011 Reply Shadowness Staff
  • CreativeOne

    CreativeOne

    I the amount of effort and dedication you have shown in this fine work

    Sep 4th, 2011 Reply inspire & be inspired
    • HouseofChabrier

      HouseofChabrier

      Thank you, I guess I love a challenge, am unafraid of the unknown for this was the 2nd Brass item I ever etched and have always loved horses. I'm lucky I got to work on so many diverse projects!

      Sep 4th, 2011 Reply
  • Taffmeister

    Taffmeister

    An impressive piece Anne and an equally impressive process. I hope you were well rewarded for your efforts.

    Sep 4th, 2011 Reply
    • HouseofChabrier

      HouseofChabrier

      Thank you! You would be surprised at how little a woman is paid for the same work as a man. For quite a few years I was subject to cat calls, whistles, and the saying "Easy Job" followed by kisses and lip smacking. Until it all stopped when the job became more intricate, more difficult, and the men realized they couldn't do what I do. My brain extrapolated from the etched glass work to do this job. So much of my skill and knowledge is earned by reading, and building on the job I did before. I had no teacher, and at that time no friend in the shop. I was surrounded by about 80 men two white, the rest Mexican. No one wanted me there except the President and Vice President of DEC. I was at DEC because I needed to support my two sons after their father left us. Even the people that hired me didn't think I could do what I can do. My mettle as an artist and a worker and a woman has been tested thoroughly throughout my career. My motto is to always do the highest quality of work no matter what the pay, and that's what I do! I am happy to take the time to comment on my work and acknowledge the difficulty. These things are seen or overlooked by many people where they are installed, and there is never credit given to the Artist only the Company. Most people even the owners of the buildings don't know who did all the art work. The exception was Donald Trump and his minions knew I did the sculpting, and were appalled when DEC Associates hired "Professionals" to sculpt his last big sign. His logo was not executed exactly at all, and his minions came under great duress and questioned the powers that be "Why, Annie had not worked on it in the first place?"

      Sep 4th, 2011 Reply
    • HouseofChabrier

      HouseofChabrier

      I then was well paid to fix the Trump plaza Sign so it matched Mr Trumps Logo. That made me happy, and I was well paid!! Two for the price of one. No one living except a few know I did all the originals. I'm happy to share them, and glad you like them!

      Sep 4th, 2011 Reply
    • Taffmeister

      Taffmeister

      It's the same here Anne, women doing exactly the same work as men are paid less for their labours. I've never understood the discrepancy, maybe it's just about making the menfolk feel more important and better about themselves.
      Excellent work should be properly rewarded and this is excellent work.

      Sep 10th, 2011 Reply