Hello, I’m Jeff Dean. I’ve been working as a professional sculptor since the early ’80s.
I wanted to introduce a process for making metal art I’ve been refining for the last 30 years.
I call it heat colored steel engraving, and it involves engraving and grinding your designs into sheet steel using carefully chosen abrasives to define and model the forms, create a sense of depth and suggest movement.
You get the colors on the metal with a large torch. The resulting colors are part of the metal surface, coloring but not covering the grinding patterns, so the metallic reflective qualities are preserved.
The art you produce using these techniques has a dynamic visual effect not found in other media. It changes with variations in light and viewing angles and gives each piece an extensive range of unique characteristics.
Heat colored steel engraving bridges the gap between painting and sculpture, and adds a touch of alchemy to your art making.
I’m in the process of creating a course that will help you become confident, adept, and innovative so you can express your artistic vision using the broad spectrum of heat colors, abrasives, tools, and techniques.
In the meantime, I’ve put together a guide to get you started.
Each step in the process is illustrated with photographs and accompanied by practical tips to speed you on your way.
From getting your drawing onto the steel to the final protective clear coat, my guide will give you the overview and pointers you need to get started.
My 5-step guide, How to Make Heat Colored Steel Engravings, will help as you consider whether you’d like to add this distinctive medium to your artistic repertoire.