Eric Jarque, the rose will bloom from the fire.

The online Art gallery often presents its artist sculptor, painter and blacksmith Eric Jarque.

Eric Jarque (Eric) is a friend. A dear friend. I really enjoy showing you his blacksmith work. Because I believe that blacksmithing is a profession of art. And its place is here, in our Art gallery.

Today, Eric shows us his way of creating a rose. A metal rose. He sent me photos and videos. I invite you to watch them. I created a little text to accompany these images. I’m not telling you Eric’s secrets. I invite you to discover them for yourselves. And I wish you a good, very good reading of this page.

Forming a metal rose can be done for a variety of reasons, and the motivation behind it can range from artistic to practical considerations. Forging a metal rose is an artistic activity that requires know-how and creative vision. Artists and blacksmiths may see it as a way to express their skills and creativity in a unique work of art. Roses have rich symbolic meaning and are often associated with love, passion and beauty. Forming a metal rose can symbolize various emotional or spiritual concepts. In certain cultures or religious contexts, metal roses may have specific meaning. They could be used in rituals or ceremonies to represent certain symbols or ideas. Ultimately, the motivation for carving a metal rose varies depending on the personal interests, beliefs, and creative goals of the smith or artist.

Eric writes to us:

1) cutting the sheet from the sheet metal.

2) shaping with a backstand as in the video or with a file…

3) trace with a chisel the center line of the leaf plus a few small oblique lines.

4) fold the sheet a little lengthwise then using two pliers, twist the edges a little to give it life.

5) weld along the stem as many as there are leaves.

6) carefully rub the entire rose, petals, stem and leaves with rustol.

7) the next day, coloring of everyone’s choice.

I find that oil colors in successive glazes give depth

As an example, but nothing is set in stone: a layer of vermilion, then several glazes of alizarin carmine for the petals. Hooker’s green or forest green for the leaves, then glazes of bladder green.
For the stem, mix of greens and reds of your choice mixed to give alternating shimmers. To simulate the thorns, simply pass brief arc welding strokes all over the rod.

Artémis Irenäus.
(IIch freue mich darauf, von Ihnen zu hören! Ja?)

1 Comment

  1. Herbert

    Dedicated to Cassandra, this quotation from Pierre de RONSARD needs to be completed (at least in part) to show the full beauty of the text

    Mignonne, allons voir si la rose
    Which this morning had declined
    Her purple dress in the Sun,
    Has not lost this morning
    The folds of her purple dress,
    And her complexion like yours.

    I would have liked to be able to take up and display François Boucher’s painting “Jeune fille au bouquet de roses” (Young girl with a bunch of roses), which goes so well with the poem.


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