This is how I formed the main sphere. I figured I could probably build a manifold to hook up to the shop's pressure washer and hydroform a sphere as long as the welds could take it. And as long as each flat section of the octagonal profile was identical to the other 7 in length, and all were welded at 45 degrees, it should end up close to spherical. So I calculated it all the best I could and built a 6 inch test ball. It worked, so I got a couple sheets of 18ga steel, used my same calculations, but times ten, and got after it.
When it was all said and done, it stretched the metal to around 120% of it's original surface area and formed a near perfect sphere about 5.5 feet tall.
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Here's a few pictures of the giant steel still that I'll still be working on until hell freezes over. 10 feet tall with the main spherical section around 5.5 feet in diameter, formed out of (2) 4x10' sheets of 18ga steel.
Since I don't have a super high dollar manufacturing facility, and most of my metal shaping equipment are tools that I've built, I had to get pretty creative to build something on this scale. Aside from the main lower body, most of it was formed with hammers and an english wheel.
It was originally going to be an outdoor gas fireplace with big windows cut out of the lower body, but due to some miscommunication, it might be for sale soon, so I've yet to cut any more out of it.
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I felt really inspired since the heat of summer finally broke and that classic Portland rain is back in business. I made this autumn-inspired moth puppet this week. Is it obvious my favorite color is orange 🍁🍂