The center of Haitian metal sculpture is the village of Croix-des-Bouquets, where the clanging sound of hammers striking chisels is a constant music. To begin, the artist chalks his design onto the metal. Chisels, dies and a large hammer are used to cut and shape the piece, giving it form and texture. When the highly intricate and physically demanding work is complete and the artist is satisfied with his work, he signs his name boldly with a small chisel and applies a clear, weather-proof coating. The result is a wonderful, fair trade piece of handcrafted art. All it takes to hang this metal sculpture is a few nails and a little know-how. Here’s the know-how part: Place the first nail within a closed or notched design element and hammer it into the wall. Using a second and even a third nail – if the sculpture is large – to straighten and secure the piece. Then, stand back and admire your work. That’s it!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!
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Exceptionally fine detail is the hallmark of this lovely little floral sculpture.
Each bit of beading represents a hammer stroke and the bird’s wings and the sunflower leaves are hand-riveted additions.
Make sure to bend them out a little bit to fully take advantage of these 3-D design elements.
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Color variation from silver dark tones to brown bronze tones.
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