Creative artist Alex Féthière, uses recycled metals and discarded household products to help fashion his metalworking sculpture art, jewelry and furniture.
Beautiful bracelets, earrings and pendants, light-fittings and furniture, as well as sculptures, including the somewhat scary Murdochtopus, are all made as sustainably as possible, with minimum impact to the environment and using upcycled used materials.
“Castings are poured from reclaimed scrap aluminum in a homemade blast furnace powered entirely by discarded motor or cooking oil, the fires of which are kindled from chopped shipping palettes,” explains the artist.
The aluminum castings are anodized using an acidic bath, absorbing a synthetic sapphire dye and sealed using non-toxic, Earth Safe Finishes’ sealants and epoxies.
Electrolytic etching is done using cotton-swabs soaked in an aqueous solution of sodium carbonate, using a direct current power source for power. Titanium inert (argon) gas welding produces no smoke, and plasma metal cutting uses an ionized gas powered from a household socket and an air compressor, minimizing pollution and emissions.
“When steel is reclaimed, rust removal is done with an electrolytic process in a solution of sodium carbonate and water…the resultant rust soup is greywater safe enough for the lawn,” he explains.