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How do you create a stainless steel sculpture?

How do you create a stainless steel sculpture?

Stainless steel art commissions, free work or garden statues 

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Designing and executing garden statues is inspiring as a stainless steel artist. As a garden image, the art sculpture usually decorates a beautiful garden. That is why it is so nice and challenging to work on a garden image. Usually there is a certain wish that the garden image may depict or radiate. The place where the statue should be placed is usually also known.But creating a stainless steel garden statue, award or a stainless steel art assignment is more difficult but also more challenging than making Free Work . Goethe phrased it well at the time when he stated: In der Beschränkung zeigt sich erst der Meister .

Stainless steel sculpture designs 

To be able to make a sculpture you need a design. to be. For an artist-sculptor it often starts with a sketch. That could even be a scratch on the corner of a napkin or newspaper. If you feel that this has the potential to evolve into a beautiful stainless steel work of art, the next step comes.

Stainless steel sculpture in miniature 

The sketch must be translated or visualized into a three-dimensional form. This can be done in several ways: neat and with a small model of inexpensive sculpting materials as  wax, plaster or cardboard. Nowadays it’s also possible to make a 3D model with a computer and print it  it on a 3D printer.


For me it often works faster and more pleasant to make it from material that you can touch. Feeling the image in your hands is a special experience that you miss with a 3D program. In contrast, the 3D program reflects the ability wonderful artists impressions make that look lifelike. As if the art statue or sculpture is already made of  stainless steel. But whatever choice the sculptor makes, it almost always starts with sketches that result in small scale models of cardboard or a 3D artist impression . After that, I almost always first make a full-size prototype of cheap sculpting materials such as wax, clay, cardboard or wood.


Stainless steel statue as Prototype or Mock-up 

If the 3D artist impression or model of the stainless steel sculpture is to my liking (and that of the customer!) I make a prototype. To see the design of the stainless steel sculpture in full size is always exciting. Are the proportions in large sizes also correct? Is the size visually correct too? The advantage of the prototype is that it is easy to adjust things quickly.

Perform stainless steel sculpture 

For stainless steel art or stainless steel sculptures you can work with various metal processing techniques. The most important thing is that the shape is correct. Once that shape and proportions are in order after adjustments, you can start working with peace of mind. Then it is cutting, rolling, tapping, setting, bending and / or welding to get the stainless steel into the correct shape. The materials I work with are mainly stainless steel sheet metal and stainless steel profiles (pipes and tubes)

Finish stainless steel art 

Beautiful stainless steel art deserves a nice finish. You cannot make a beautiful image if the finish is not top notch. My stainless steel sculptures always get a beautiful and appropriate finish. The skin of the stainless steel can be ground smooth and then polished like a mirror with a deep and high gloss. A beautiful stainless steel sculpture that shines like a mirror in the sunlight is dazzlingly beautiful. The contrast between the high-gloss parts and the consciously matted parts give the image extra tension. It makes it fascinating to look at the art object. Sanding or brushing stainless steel without direction can also be very nice.

Quality stainless steel sculptures 

Of course I also want the stainless steel sculptures to remain beautiful. That is why only the best quality stainless steel is suitable. This is the so-called stainless steel 316. A stainless steel type that is also used on expensive seaworthy yachts. In this way, a stainless steel art sculpture also remains beautiful outside. Stainless steel sculptures are therefore suitable for indoors (in the home or office) and outdoors (in the garden or public space).

View stainless steel art 

Besides on the internet my stainless steel sculptures can also be found in various sculpture gardens and art galleries. If you want to visit it, it is best to make an appointment in advance and inquire whether the stainless steel sculpture or art statue you want to see is also on display.


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Jeroen Stok – Stainless steel artist 

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