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Lighten up: turning old stencils into art.



Atlanta artist Theron Colucci loves working with trash. Give him old solder solder (sŏd`ər), metal alloy used in the molten state as a metallic binder. The type of solder to be used is determined by the metals to be united. Soft solders are commonly composed of lead and tin and have low melting points. Hard solders (i.  stencils and components, and his passion for providing "the world a compelling visual representation of the cutting edge technology that surrounds us" shines through, so to speak.

A 17-year veteran of the electronics industry, Colucci has been reforming used stencils into creative artworks such as lamps for almost two years. After a few struggles initially trying to find a way to form and bend the stainless steel stainless steel: see steel.
stainless steel

Any of a family of alloy steels usually containing 10–30% chromium. The presence of chromium, together with low carbon content, gives remarkable resistance to corrosion and heat.
 into a workable configuration, he discovered the need for a basic sheet metal brake and an industrial sheet metal cutter.

"I actually started my first lampshade after going to Home Depot The Home Depot (NYSE: HD) is an American retailer of home improvement and construction products and services.

Headquartered in Vinings, just outside Atlanta in unincorporated Cobb County, Georgia, Home Depot employs more than 355,000 people and operates 2,164 big-box
 and studying the way that stovepipe was joined," said Colucci. "After a few trial and error attempts, I, quite by accident, found an ideal way to join the ends of the foils together in a way that gives a very clean, smooth appearance. I now use that bend for every lampshade I create."

His creations usually take five to six hours to complete and involve making the lampshade, assembling the basic lamp hardware and designing and casting the liquid plastic bases. A favorite lamp is "High Tech Victorian." "The cast plastic base on this lamp was made from thousands of chip resistors, inductors and capacitors and is a depiction of a flower," stated Colucci. "It is matched to an oval-shaped shade and is reminiscent of the design of lamps from, of course, the Victorian Era The Victorian era of the United Kingdom marked the height of the British Industrial Revolution and the apex of the British Empire. Although commonly used to refer to the period of Queen Victoria's rule between 1837 and 1901, scholars debate whether the Victorian period—as ."

Sources for stencil stencil, cutout device of oiled or shellacked tough and resistant paper, thin metal, or other material used in applying paint, dye, or ink to reproduce its design or lettering upon a surface.  have not proved problematic so far, as his stencil benefactors range from electronics manufacturing services Electronic manufacturing services (EMS) is term used for companies that design, test, manufacture, distribute and provide return/repair services for electronic component and assemblies for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).  (EMS) providers to stencil manufacturers. And, although lead is a primary concern for him when working with the used stencils, he meticulously me·tic·u·lous  
adj.
1. Extremely careful and precise.

2. Extremely or excessively concerned with details.



[From Latin met
 cleans every stencil with alcohol and ammonia-based cleaners.

Continually exploring the recyling of other electronics materials into art, Colucci is currently creating a table from parts taken from an old chip shooter. "I take great satisfaction knowing that most of my materials are recycled," stated Colucci.

Colucci's artwork may be viewed at Eclectic-Electric's web site, www.electric.com, and he may be contacted at tkcolucci@ earthlink.net.
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Title Annotation:artists Theron Colucci; Industry News
Author:Hamburg, Lisa
Publication:Circuits Assembly
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Date:Feb 1, 2003
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