Following four generations of tradition, each piece of Haitian metal art is made entirely by hand with simple tools. Starting with a cast-off steel drum, the metal is cleaned, sanded, and pounded flat. From there, the artist chalks his design onto the metal and then begins the heavy, tedious work of cutting out the pattern with a hammer and chisel and giving the piece detail and dimension. Finally, he applies a clear-coat to the piece, which protects it and makes it perfectly suited for indoor or outdoor display.
Hand-crafted from recycled metal in Haiti. It's easy to hang your sculpture with just a few nails. Place the first nail within two design elements that are touching or notched. Then use a second and possibly a third nail, if the sculpture is large, to straighten and secure the piece against the wall. Just make sure that you don't place a nail in an eye or a mouth. A viewer's attention will go there quite naturally and therefore, directly to the nail. You don't want that! The riveted fin will be pressed flat when it is packed for shipping. Don't be afraid to bend it out a little bit to take advantage of it's 3-D aspect. Let that dolphin swim! If this sculpture will be displayed outdoors, here's a tip for keeping it looking as fresh and beautiful as the day you bought it: Simply take five minutes to apply a coat of clear, spray-on enamel from the hardware store. Once a year will do it!
it's cactus - metal art haiti Garden Butterflies, Haitian Metal Art, Recycled Oil Drums, (set of 5) 6" x 6"
A garden full of butterflies - how delightful! A set of five assorted gives you lots of creative options. Three here, two there. Or one for her, and one for her, and three for me....it's quite wonderful, really. In the village of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, the air rings with the sound of metal banging against metal. Workshops line the streets of the village and outside each are stacks of discarded 55-gallon drums awaiting transformation. To begin the process, the tops of the barrels are removed and the open barrel is stuffed with straw and dried banana leaves and then set ablaze. This burns out the residue and old paint and strengthens the metal. After the barrels have cooled, they are slit down the side, pried open, pounded flat and sanded down, giving the artist a smooth flat surface, much like a painter's canvas. The artist chalks his design onto the metal and then, using a hammer and chisel, begins the work of cutting the sculpture and giving it form, detail and dimension. When he is satisfied with his results, he pounds his signature onto the sculpture and seals it with a protective, weather-proof finish.