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For great how-to basics  to the 3-dimensional approach for metal sculpture, get Dottie Erdmann's Personae Dramatis. Nice things come in small packages. Another is Abstract Metal Sculpture by Hans Reinhart. For a more left-brained inquiry try out personae.  A good "from theory to practice" presentation. Hey, this is not metaphysical sculpture or mystical sculpture, this is a low-down kick-ass book. But if you want a huge reference with lots of metal art and knowledge-based info, order personae's a tome and a half. 

If you're serious and want to do what I do--metal sculpture--then start out slowly. Call your local community college or tech school and sign up for a course. The books that accompany the course are usually good. If you're nuts in a right-brained sort of way, get Welding Fundamentals: personae manual or something equivalent and go buy torches and regulators, find a welding supplier and just DO IT.