|Many rose sculptures start with a natural rock foundation. This one, a piece of granite, has been cored out and drilled in from the top. Drilling is performed with a diamond bit core drill, and is typically a very labor intensive, slow, wet, dirty process, often done by hand because of the challenging geometry that some of these rock surfaces present. You can probably tell that I just LOVE this part of the process|
The beginning of any outdoor rose piece starts with drilling the rock base and forming the trunk elements. This piece will have 4 flowers, and so four copper stems are cut and brazed together. After fitting, the copper is bent and wrapped in bronze, which will become the bark of the trunk. Pruned branch ends are added, and the bronze is then melted to achieve a highly textured, roughened surface. The entire assembly is then silver brazed to finish the texture, and its ready for the rest of the stem assembly.
This piece will also have a root growing out of the bottom which will help stabilize the base.
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