Red Arrow

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Made as a wedding gift for close friends, I wanted to make sure this was a completely enclosed piece, that would last a lifetime.

The arrow was laser cut from 1.2mm mild steel, onto which 1mm mild steel was MIG welded. Mounting tabs for the plywood backing plate were welded on and the front face painted with a slightly mottled texture. The walls were left in bare (lightly oiled) steel to allow the piece to ‘age’ nicely — as if it were a relic from a burlesque show in the 30s.

Pygmy bulbs were affixed to their bulb-holders and a dimmer switch added to allow control over the amount of light. This means on lower light settings, the filaments can clearly be seen glowing orange beneath their glass bulbs.

Below are some detailed photos from the build.