‘Silver Leaf’ was my second piece of Kinetic work, it is engineered to oscillate on the breath of a wind and has a truly elegant movement.
The Stainless Steel leaves and central sphere reflect the light in an almost holographic way, causing the light to dance on the surface. The bearings are precision engineered axial, roller and deep groove bearing combinations by Schaeffler bearings.
The Silver leaves and sphere are made from Stainless steel and can be left simple with facets ground into the surface creating a wonderful reflective pattern, it is also possible to add colour to the leaves which is a wonderful way to add vibrancy.
There are numerous plinth possibilities, the two materials I usually work with to create the plinths are Weathering Steel and Galvanised/Mordent finished Steel, both incredibly durable.
Weathering Steel (cor-ten) is a steel alloy which acquires a stable, rust-like appearance over time. It’s surface has a matt textured finish with a wonderful depth of colour which changes from a light orange to a deep purple over the decades.
Galvanised Steel with a mordent finish leaves a soft textured matt surface with a wonderfully interesting pewter/lead colouring that will darken when wet.