Used metal drums are still used to create these impressive metal sculptures, although the high demand for these crafts means that the waste drums are now purchased. The metal is re-purposed by cleaning the drum by burning any residues that remain inside. The drum is then opened and flattened and designs are traced onto the flattened metal.
Using a hammer and chisel, the design is cut out of the metal to get the basic form of the piece. Then the creative detail is added. Every aspect of the design is hammered in by hand. The result is extraordinary. Once the design is finished, each piece is sanded to bring out the shine and beauty of the metal. Some pieces are left in their natural silver color, varnished for protection against oxidation. Other pieces will be hand painted in vivid colors.
Several artisans will often work on one piece, the most skilled responsible for the fine details. A large wall piece can take days to make, from start to finish.
Caribbean Craft's specialty is the brightly colored, artistically hand-painted Haitian metal art wall hangings. These hand-painted Haitian metal art pieces are truly works of art. Wall art designs include painted metal dragonflies, birds and a wide variety of designs.