The Lady Chainmaker was a commission granted to local Industrial Heritage artist Luke Perry. The original clay model pictured here was a 1 metre sculpture. A three metre Cast Steel version was erected in Mary Macarthur gardens in Cradley Heath in June 2012 as a monument to the women chainmakers of the area. The finished monument was the result of a year long collaboration between Luke and Micron. This project captured the essence of traditional craft and skill whilst making full use of cutting edge technology; A 3D scan was made of the clay capturing 8 billion bits of surface data. This data was then expanded digitally to create a CAD model suitable for the CNC machining of high density foam patterns. No coreboxes were used and the moulds were made using the time served moulding skills at Micron whereby all of the foam was removed by hand. The sculpture was made in 9 individual pieces which Luke very skillfully welded together to produce the 3 Tonne figure.
The stainless steel star shaped emblem is the focal point of this striking monument. Micron produced this 800mm diameter -78kg casting with only a 30mm diameter Fire Service cap badge as a template from which a pattern was made. The badge was both electro- and mechanically polished to stunning effect by the client.
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