Hey Boss! the Crane, The CRANE!

This semester's knit bronze sculpture.

I knit a sheet of cotton fabric on the ISM and cast in bronze.

Also made the base by casting crochet.

Knit Crane

More views here.


Cosmo's picture

I just showed this to a bunch of my knitting friends at our knitting circle and they were totally blown away. Absolutely amazing and beautiful!

And it's just a square you folded up, right?

TomH's picture

Amazing. Wonderful. Beautiful. Extremely creative -- I like it.

MMario's picture

talk about multi-discipline art! Knitting, Origami, the moldmaking (which I am given to understand is a craft in itself!), metal casting.

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albert's picture

Exquisite! But you would have to get it right the first time- I'm guessing it would be a b*tch to frog.

BuduR's picture

Albert! who let you out? LOL

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kiwiknitter's picture

Hooray for guy knitters! This is unbelievably cool! Well done, you!

Knit like the wind!

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Kerry's picture

So creative, I'm in awe. Well done.

I am truly impressed. What a fabulous piece of work.

Serge664's picture

Thanks guys!

Here's the way bronze casting works (quick version):

The knit fabric sheet is dipped in wax and allowed to cool. Once cool it is cut in square & folded like Cosmo said. A ceramic mold is built around the positive, and then put in a furnace at high heat until the positive burns out. This is why they call it lost wax casting. The empty mold is filled with molten bronze. Once cool, the mold is destroyed, leaving the bronze casting in it's place - after a lot of cleanup work.

It was a lot of work (took most of the semester), but it was very worth it.

Please remember: I have a collection of needles and a history of violence

Please remember: I have a collection of needles and a history of violence

BuduR's picture

Your work is incredible. I'm so glad you share it. My daughter saw it and was so taken with it that she got some idea about turning a knit panel into canvas and painting on it. if she follows through with it, I'll post.
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V's picture

Great work of art. The things we can do with knitted fabric. I'm imagining you making these in large scales and showing them at galleries.

crmartin's picture

That is absolutely gorgeous, it should be in a gallery (or my livingroom)!



scottly's picture

Metal casting wasn't an immediate enough process for me when I was in University but now I regret not pursuing it. Finally it was the spruing that did me in - I just didn't have the patience for it. So I really appreciate what you've done here. It's a great piece. I'm assuming that this is just not a decorative piece either - I would love to hear about it's content if you feel like expounding.

I wish I were knitting now.

.......sorry, i don't get it

Serge664's picture

the joy of art is that we can all formulate our own opinions.

perhaps you should stick with Thomas Kinkade.

Please remember: I have a collection of needles and a history of violence

Please remember: I have a collection of needles and a history of violence

NoNewWitticisms's picture

"perhaps you should stick with Thomas Kinkade."


also, lovely sculpture.

Wow. So much for open exchange. Kincade? Nah. Charlie Russell is good enough. Way good enough. Like Brancusi's work, too. Good luck!