My metal art - a mosquito!
When people see some of the metal art I create, they often ask me what they need to get started making some of the art like I do. It may surprise you, but it’s very easy to get started as a metal artist.
I will warn you up front though, you need to take some type of class like welding or metal fabricating. Luckily I took metal works in High School and learned how to weld and the basics of metal fabrication there. Back then we only used stick welders, later on I taught myself how to mig weld. I prefer the MIG welder because for me, it’s quicker and cleaner.
You’ll also need a good cutting torch. I prefer plasma cutter because they leave a clean cut and less mess than an oxy/acetelyne torch. This leaves me more time to work on my art and feel the way it needs to go rather than working with a grinder cleaning everything up.
Which brings me to the next tool. You’lre going to need a good grinder. I have a 4 inch angle grinder, a 7 inch and 9 inch grinders. Depending on the size of the project, I may only use one or all three during the work.
I bought an old pipe bender at a farm auction a while back. This helps me find the shapes I need. You can get them for next to nothing if you look hard enough.
Of course, art is no fun if you get hurt. Welding helmets, safety glasses, leather protectors and gloves are all requirements in my studio. Hearing protection is also a must.
And basically there you have it. Anyone can get on the road to creating beautiful metal art with these simple tools. Now all you need is to be creative!
Okay, not really, but you get the point…I hope! I’ve always wanted to share the things I’ve learned about working on things and building them with others. I understand that not everyone has a dad or mentor who is wise in all things mechanical or construction related. The world would be a boring place if we all knew everything!
I’m hoping to show you some simple tips for fixing things from lawnmowers to your car or building things around you house like birdhouses or even take on a new hobby like knife making. I love spending time out in my Garage with my power tools. But it doesn’t stop there, I have tools of all types and I try and match the tool for the job at hand.
I’ve just recently taken up welding and I hope to share that with you as well. It’s thrilling because I’ve always wanted to learn how to do it, but I never had all the tools needed to really get as involved into welding as I wanted to.
I was fortunate that my Dad was very mechanically inclined. It was constantly amazed at how he could take something apart and put it all back together and make it work. Over the years, he taught me important lessons about working on machinery. In this blog, I hope to be able to pass some of those skills down to you good people as well.
My Dad was never much of a woodworker, although he could build things like barns, chicken coops, porches and so on. I guess you could say he had a good deal of construction sense, but he never got into woodworking itself. I’ve recently discovered this hobby and it’s an exciting field for me along with all new power tools! I love my tools!
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