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    Any metal welders/sculpters out there?

    Howdy,

    I'm looking to learn how to weld so I can get into metal sculpting. My questions are:

    1. Any else on BF ever make any metal scultpures? If so, mind sharing your pieces?

    2. Welding only goes so far. How does one make a scultpure like this, which is very detailed?


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    That looks like a poured bronze cast. Detailed after it was removed from its mold.

    My only experience with welding is arc welding steel tubing to build sets for a college theatre. I won't be much help.
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    Yeah, the lion was probably sculpted out of clay first to make a cast.

    As far as welding goes, it's a means to an end for me. I've only done it when needed to build/fix bikes, motorcycles. Fabricated suspensions and roll-cages for race cars. Nothing artsy really.

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    Thats cast for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
    Yeah, the lion was probably sculpted out of clay first to make a cast.

    As far as welding goes, it's a means to an end for me. I've only done it when needed to build/fix bikes, motorcycles. Fabricated suspensions and roll-cages for race cars. Nothing artsy really.
    That would make sense to make it out of clay first.

    Got any pics of your cages? I'm looking to build a truck sometime within a year I'd say. Not to change this into a car building thread though. Whats the best way to learn to weld? Take a class? Offering a case of beer to a buddy that welds?

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    Both are good ways. I learned at work. The case of beer is probably a whole lot cheaper and more enjoyable if your buddy is genuinely knowledgeable.
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    Hmm, pics are on my home computer, might dig those out later.

    As for learning how to weld, check your local city-college. They typically have lots of night & vocational classes on welding. Start with gas oxy/acetylene welding for historical reasons, then move onto MIG & TIG welding. MIG's easiest and quickest to pick up for home welder and gives good results. TIG requires more practice and skill, but provides the nicest and strongest welds.

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    Not me but I had this pic saved. He actually made that manifold and the flower. Ill see if I can find the rest of the flowers he made too.


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    The lion was cast with the lost wax technique.


    I sculpt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serendipper View Post
    The lion was cast with the lost wax technique.


    I sculpt.
    Got any pics of your work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jynx View Post
    Not me but I had this pic saved. He actually made that manifold and the flower. Ill see if I can find the rest of the flowers he made too.

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