Art forging. How to embody idea and not to be deceived? All of us heard
about art forging more than once. Its advertizing flashes in newspapers, on the Internet, on roadside posters... Products (handrail, fences, peaks...) neighbors in giving brag. But whether it is valid abruptly? Or perhaps it is only a craze? Let`s understand.
For a start we will decide on the concept “ forging “. Forging - metal processing by pressure in the warmed state, that is pulled out a piece of iron from a horn - and give it a sledge hammer... What from this can leave? In hands of the master there can be very expensive, stylish thing, in appearance, perhaps, and unsightly, but for the expert in places just magic. This type of forging not for all, we will leave it alone, we will begin with simple.
Most often under the beautiful words “art forging“ disappears slightly art, and even not art it is bent - a welded design . The majority seen by me on streets of samples belong to this category. Such products are rather cheap, in places are practical, capable to cause envy of neighbors more simply and emetic desires of neighbors are more educated. Are carried out practically in any themselves by not really respecting workshop. Though at creative approach the result can be up very to standard, even in general without forging. On an illustration - the decorative element “ Basket with flowers “ with a forging minimum, generally machine hire, places stamping. For some reason all who saw it were in terrible delight. However, and the price of such thing corresponding, is quite comparable to the forged product.
Other category - a welded design with forging elements . It is more expensive thing, at its production, perhaps, manual skills are involved. Visually it can be distinguished on any flattened / wrapped elements, metal with variable section, it is exaggerated “beaten - to the places rumpled“. It is the most widespread part of a metal constructions with the proud name “forging“. The result can be absolutely different here: from frankly poor to “not to have eyes glued“. Everything depends on talent and interest of the master. On an illustration 2 an example of a brazier, but with the whole “paper bag of raisin“ which became possible exactly thanks to the forged elements.
Well and, at last, forging , pure and without reservations. What distinguishes it? Improbable complexity of execution at quite modest wow - effect. It is obligatory for master to present to all the project entirely, to develop accurate sequence of operations, literally each blow of the hammer. Alterations, additions are problematic here, often, to add a tiny element, it is necessary to heat until white all product, and after to govern it from casual deformations... Only the expert can estimate such work, for others it will seem rough and primitive.
If all of you decided to decorate the house / dacha / site with the forged product, be not too lazy, glance in a workshop, look at works. Learn who draws sketches, look at samples. “Be not conducted“ on qualitative, beautiful drawings - in metal, often, everything looks absolutely differently. Try to catch idea of the sketch, its essence. Sometimes the clumsy drawing drawn on a newspaper scrap can be embodied by a masterpiece. To the contrary, often smartly executed sketch with sizes and prospect except disappointment brings nothing.
Try to experience the atmosphere of a workshop. If show you a heap of drawings and ask to choose what is pleasant, and then, in the course of work, stick with requests “to look at a product“ - it is most likely a shusher. The master confident in the skill, will show several photo rather and will ask to choose the most pleasant to decide on the area of work, and then will ask it not to disturb, there will be no result yet. Though the full ignoramus, perhaps, will behave also, but survey of a workshop, ready or almost ready works will help here. The required price is important too: the it is higher, the forg level is usually higher.
Well and, at last, a couple of words about molding. It is often possible to see in appearance very “abrupt“ things. But, having got accustomed, to notice that some, the most effective, by the way, elements, are similar exactly. It most likely molding or stamping. Such things give a look very solid, no doubt, but it is worth to remember that (and in value) such thing strongly loses in the price to the forged analogs. But it is already a question of prestige, a show off and taste.