Heat is a good way to shape metal. It softens the metal until it is malleable enough to be bent or flattened. Smiths have long used forges to make knives, swords, horseshoes and metal wagon parts. Modern smiths often use their forges to create works of art. They begin with...

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In order to create a work of art, the artist must often use tools to accomplish their task. For many artists, their hands and eyes are the necessary instruments to shape their work. They look at a piece of material and envision the final product. They use their hands to...

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Producing art is a process for many artists. A potter may look at a piece of clay and suddenly see a vase in its finished form. They see the shape, the colors and the way they are applied. They know, just from looking at their vision, what type of clay...

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When an artist has a creative vision, they translate it into reality with their hands. This is a staple of any artistic craft, and sculptors are included in this group. No matter what instrument they choose, it is their hands that will form the vision their mind’s eyes have seen....

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Sculptors work in a variety of materials and need many different tools for their work. A sculptor that works mainly with stone will need chisels and hammers. The chisels come in a variety of shapes to create the lines needed. Some of these chisels will be straight. Others will be curved or v-shaped for deep cuts. Hammers also come in a variety of sizes. If the sculptor needs a light tap on their chisel, they use a very small hammer that weighs little. As the cuts get deeper or larger, a heavier hammer is needed.

For sculptors that work with metal, they often need a way to cut and join their metal pieces. Many of them use welding tools to accomplish their work. Hand torches are used for soft metals that are easily shaped. Oxy-acetylene welders are used when the metal is dense or difficult to cut. Shaping is done with a variety of tools such as hammers and pliers. Some sculptors shape their metal with blacksmith tools such as an anvil and hammer.