Gallery: Alex Féthière Creates Eco Art in His Sustainable Metalworking ...


Alex Féthière‘s metalworking studio operates more sustainably than traditional metal artist studios. Castings are poured from reclaimed scrap aluminum in a homemade blast furnace powered entirely by discarded motor or cooking oil. The fires of the furnace are kindled from chopped shipping palettes. Once polished, an aluminum piece is anodized, a process whereby an electrical current is run through it while it is immersed in a mildly acidic bath. This causes it to grow a porous layer of synthetic sapphire that absorbs dye. No toxic paints are used; instead Féthière applies eco-friendly sealants and epoxies from Earth Safe Finishes.

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