Cobert C Collins originated a technique of modeling stainless steel and gold silica bronze through a direct welding process. He developed this technique to soften the lines of direct welded steel and eliminate its manufactured look . The process enhanced the smooth, faceted and textured surface of the metals and achieved a wider range of color. Collins’ work flows together by the use of an “S” line to reflect the interplay of intimate relationships. Each work is individually sculpted.
The fabrication process starts with a 2 dimensional sketch that Collins transposed into a 3-D form. A steel structure is built and then welded together to provide a frame. A pattern is made and cut out on a large stainless steel sheet. The cut sheet is then bent, shaped, rolled, and formed to fit onto the frame and then welded to it. Rolls of bronze are then direct welded into the stainless, and a textured, faceted look rounds out the piece. It is finally cleaned and polished.
Collins also used ceramic shell castings in both his gold silica bronze and bronze castings. They were created through the lost wax technique. This centuries old process has several steps. The model is first sculpted in clay or wax,and then a rubber mold is made of the figure. The wax is placed inside of the mold and dipped into a slurry solution and cured. Liquid bronze is then poured into the mold forcing the wax out. The bronze hardens, the mold is broken, and the sculpture is cleaned and polished.
Collins believed the process of making art was finished only when it was seen by others.