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A one piece copper sculpture of a bluegill. The feisty bluegill deserve to be celebrated for being the "first fish" of millions of Americans and introducing them to a life of angling fun. Overall size 6" x 10.5". Copper is heated with a propane torch and becomes soft and pliable. I use a collection of implements to cut and punch holes and lines in it and hammer it into shape on an anvil. Color variation is achieved by heating variations. As you bend and manipulate it, it becomes more firm. It's an interesting metallurgical operation and quite fun. I sealed it with a coat of laquer and attached it to a pine panel that I torched to give it an alligator sking texture and a nice dark backdrop to make the warmouth pop. Shou sugi ban is a Japanese technique of burning wood to make it more protected from the elements. The wood is sprayed with satin polyurethane to protect it and keep it from rubbing off on anything.

Bluegill in Copper by JK Christian

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