I’m going to show you how to make awesome industrial art at home.
Basically, there are two ways to create industrial art: 1) buy it or 2) make it yourself. And I’m going to teach you how to make it yourself.
I’ll start with the things you can’t buy. There are plenty of kits out there, but they’re all expensive and bad quality and look more like contemporary art than industrial art. So if you want cool stuff like this:
You’re going to have to make it yourself.
I’m also going to show you a few techniques that will allow you to take any object (even a piece of trash, or something that can easily be made into trash) and turn it into something beautiful, just like this:
And all the stuff I’m showing you is 100% do-able by a total novice who has never worked on industrial art before.
The Industrial Revolution was a time of great change. It was also a point in history where the art world and the industrial world collided. Artists and inventors worked side by side in factories and showrooms to make something new, different, and exciting.
In this blog article I will discuss a few of the ways that you can make your own industrial art at home. By using recycled materials and salvaging just about anything (even if it is not made from metal), you can create some awesome works of art for under $20 or even free with a little bit of imagination and craftiness!
I’ve been making industrial art for a few years now. I haven’t been able to make a living from it yet, but I’ve gotten some recognition from the art world.
To start out, you can search the web for “industrial art” and find a lot of good examples.
You can also search for “steampunk art”, though that’s more like an offshoot of industrial art than a specific style of its own.
If you’re not sure what industrial art is, it’s sort of like steampunk (which is basically “Victorian science fiction”) in that it’s kind of a retro-futurist thing: stuff made with gears, but with a kind of modern or postmodern twist. A lot of it has sci-fi elements (robots, ray guns etc.) and/or gothic horror elements.
But that’s just what happens to be popular right now; you can make industrial art about anything you want — your favorite sports team, for example, or your favorite TV show or video game.
What are the basic supplies needed? You’ll need to buy some big gears (1 meter-sized or bigger) and some grinding belts and grinders. Some artists use power tools to cut things out and
Industrial art can be made with just about anything. I am going to include an example of making a welded pipe sculpture from iron.
The pipe is a steel pipe, the rod is a high carbon steel welding rod, and the flux is borax which is sold in pet stores for cleaning fish tanks. The borax is used for removing impurities from the metal in preparation for welding. The flux cleans any oxides off of the metal before it melts, so that they don’t end up in the weld.
The first step here was to cut 1/8″ grooves around the entire length of one end of the pipe. This was done with a hand saw, and took some time but it wasn’t difficult.
Then you grind away all of the paint off of the pipe and rod. The grinding was done with an angle grinder and 120 grit sandpaper wrapped around pieces of 1/2″ PVC pipe which were then clamped onto the ends of the pieces that needed to be ground down.
Next you need gas. I used propane, but MAPP gas would also work if you have it and it’s easier to get than propane. Propane has a lower ignition temperature than MAPP gas, so it takes out
Industrial art is a form of art that employs materials and objects typically considered “unartistic”. Materials and objects commonly used in industrial art include:
Old scrap metal,
Old machine parts,
Auto-body filler (Bondo),
Sandbags and sandblasting,
Industrial Art is a style of art and design where the artist uses industrial materials, methods and processes to create their work. The word “Industrial” in this context does not mean factory made, it means that the artist makes use of factory methods to create their work such as mass production, standardisation, repetition and functionalism.
Industrial arts refers to a diverse range of crafts and arts that use industrial materials for their products. Some of these crafts and arts are functional, others are purely decorative.
The Industrial Revolution brought with it a new type of craftsperson, the artist-engineer often known as the “artist-craftsman”. The artist-engineer could conceive of designs and create mechanical devices, using both traditional and new materials, including plastics and other synthetic compounds. This was particularly true of the Créative artist in France, although many now consider this period to be part of an ongoing zeitgeist.
The term “industrial art” was first used by Charles Babbage in 1837 when he wrote On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures, although industrial artists had been practicing their art for some time before Babbage’s work. In the late twentieth century, artists such as Anthony Caro – who began his artistic career after World War II – became concerned with the effects of industry on society and the environment and incorporated social commentary into their works..