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Art Welding Project Inspiration Part Two

From the fanciful and fun to the practical and user-friendly, art welding
projects provide an excellent change of pace to your welding projects and can
also provide a great opportunity to learn a new welding skill. In addition, an
art welding project gives you a chance to try out different materials that can
fashion gifts, lawn art, or decorations in your home. Last time we wrote about
welding projects
, we kept it pretty simple. This week we’re providing part
two, and we’re going to step things up a little bit.

Metal Elephant

Source: Lincoln

“Brian Walters made this elephant from an old drum, stove pipe, sheet metal,
an old snow sled from the 1960’s, and thick wall pipe. Parts from old lawn
chairs form the tusks.”

This particular project was made with a stick welder, which worked well since
many of the parts were dirty scrap metal that would have taken a lot of time to
grind and wipe down for a MIG or TIG welder. The downside of stick welding a
project like this is that you need to avoid pumping too much heat into it since
the metal parts are thin and could burn through.

If you have some options between welding machines or settings on a machine
like the Miller Multimatic
, you can weigh whether you want more control over your heat or less prep
time on your metal pieces. If you’re working with found materials, then a stick
welder is the perfect tool for the job, unless the weld joints are fine and
difficult to reach with a fat stick electrode.

Biplane Welding Project

(The Lincoln website has project blueprints and the step-by-step process
mapped out.)

You can get into the nitty gritty of TIG
if you try out this complex biplane project that will provide
opportunities to weld in a variety of different positions, especially if you
want to improve your TIG welding skills. You’ll need a TIG welder with a lot of
capabilities in order to get this project done even though you won’t need a lot
of power for the small pieces of thin metal that you’ll be using.

Materials for this project include:

  • 12″ x 16″ stainless (preferred) or mild steel 12 gauge sheets (.100″
  • Approximately 20″ of 3/32″ diameter stainless steel filler metal
  • 2″ of 1/8″ diameter stainless steel filler metal (wire)
  • Hammer
  • Plasma cutter or band saw
  • 1/8″ and 3/16″ drill bits
  • Two 1/4″ x 20 x 1″ carriage bolts
  • 1/8″ x 1″ machine bolt with four matching nuts
  • Center punch
  • Channel lock
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Clamps
  • Side-cutting pliers
  • Large and small heat sinks (aluminum or copper blocks)
  • Small, “stainless used only” stainless wire brush
  • Tape measure 

Sea Turtle Welding Project

Source: Lincoln

If the biplane is too much of a stretch, you can always try out this sea
turtle project that is made from 16-gauge metal. This is an ideal project for a
, but it will also call for some pretty intense metal shaping. The
welder who put this project together also used an oxy-acetylene torch setup for
certain parts of this project.

If you want something that will challenge you beyond the welding work for the
project, this project will be an excellent choice. In addition, many welders
have MIG welders, so this is also an ideal advanced project.

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