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art welding

I want to get into art welding and don't have any welding experience. Where can I go to get welding instruction and guidance for small projects. I don't know the difference between a TIG, MIG, or Arc welders. Which one is the best to learn on?Not intrested in jewelry. Thanks

I am a welder and an artist...if we lived closer together you know i would show you how to do some projects for free just because i love what i do :)...

my projects range as small as punisher skulls, metal roses of any size, ranch signs, rocking chairs, belt buckles, by request a HIM heartagram, name plates, dream catchers..and so on

as my instructor told me if you could think it...you could make it

and all of my projects ive listed i have made all of them at least 3 times so i know the dimensions pretty well...

tools and equipment would be a wire feed welder, oxy-torch, plasma torch, pliers, hammer, , round stock, and sheet metal
and a grinder and polyfan for finishing fabrication.

its really fun once you get into it...
very interested in your offer.
I would love to be your Apprentices of sort.
I am in NYC area. where are you located?

thank you very much
marcelo.
stokki b3 years ago
i,m a gas welder who wants to know about migs and tigs welding.
its MIG and TIG

todays terms for MIG is Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) or wirefeed alot of the welding industry use this

TIG is also refered to asGTAW it is most commonly used to weld thin sections of stainless steel and non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, magnesium, and copper alloys
alot easier to control your weld pool with this aposed to SMAW or GMAW therefor giving you a better looking weld
mymagicword2 years ago
HTP America - USA Weld has two DVDs, one on MIG welding and one on TIG welding. They're in the Chicago area and occasionally offer classes. (I know the next ones are in 2012, but you can get on a list.) Link to one of the DVDs here: http://www.usaweld.com/MIG-Welding-DVD-p/99000migdvd.htm
biffula2 years ago

http://tinyurl.com/fbweldingschool

photozz7 years ago
Stick welding (arc) is getting to be more of a specialty. I would hazard to say that most people welding at home are using a wire feed style. They are much easier to use.

I would start with a basic flux core wire feed welder. they are available for less than $300.00.

This site has a ton of good information on the different types and styles of welding as well as basic instruction

http://www.extremehowto.com/xh/article.asp?article_id=60352

This site will help you select the best type of welder for what you want to do:

http://www.lincolnelectric.com/knowledge/articles/content/wirefeeder.asp
i use astick welder at home because wire welder more cash but if i hadd that extra 100 dollars i would
bouche (author)  photozz7 years ago
Thanks. I found both sites to have most of the info I need. Guess I'll have to find a local artisan to teach me how to do it. Much Grass. bouche
LasVegas7 years ago
Your local community college would be a good start. Most have adult classes for Welding and basic mechanics. Depending on the type of welding being done and the type of metals being welded that define what equipment is used.
bouche (author)  LasVegas7 years ago
Thanks for the info. Local college and trade school both have courses, one 12 mos., one 18 mos. When you graduate you are certified as a full blown welder. They have nothing less. I just want to be able to tack some metal together. Again thanks. bouche
get a cheapo stick mig or fluxwire welder thats what i did i got a 70 amp stick welder iv been playing with it for a year and im getting better at welding also if yo get a stick welder use 6013 rods alot easer then move up to 7014
Hi im a certified welder in NYC i am giving classes for a fee on $400 dollars. Sat. and Sun. from 12pm - 3pm. If u are still interested in learning how to weld u can contact me at johnrico80@hotmail.com. Since u just want to learn for art purposes then all u need to know is mig and tig welding, Classes are for begingers only. Also please feel free to tell friends about my classes. Thank You.
Greetings...I am a 28yrs. student right know at a welding facility in upstate NY(MVCC). I am looking to get into a metal art program after i graduated school. I will be graduating in December of 2009...I thought about the city but i am unsure where to look...My interests in life reflects the style of art i would like to produce...these interests are Jazz, Poetry, Hip hop, Norse Mythology, Greek Mythology, Ancient ruins+Calligraphy, Classic Jazz Percussionists,...If anybody knows someone that would take on an apprentice or have any direction for me as a possible affordable school option it would greatly be appreciated ...
You might be able to just sign up for an introductory course at the local community college, or find a sculpture student who knows how to weld or welder and ask him to give you a lesson, probably for a small fee.
maf237 years ago
The dvds from Wall Mountain are pretty highly regarded by pros. I'm just starting to learn to weld and am finding them very helpful.

http://www.weldingvideos.com/
tazthespaz7 years ago
I just started welding myself...my mom actually taught me shes a certified welder and my dad helped but I enjoy it...kinda amazing how it all works out I love it. if you like welding you might like blacksmithing. thats fun a bit tiring after a while but you can make creative things combine the welding & the blacksmithing you can do anything
If you live next to Sacramento then UC Davis has a excellent welding program at the " EXPERIMENTAL " college. You dont have to be a student. With a class, you get access to grinders, migs, tigs, oxy-actylene welders with a huge range of tips as well as your own locker. Also since it is consider a "high level" class, then you also have access to all their sand-blasting, frabication, painting and design equipment. I think that the class for a quarter is around 80 - 90. definitely worth it.
bazil237 years ago
If you are short on funds and want to make a welder from old microwave transformers and play with welding for free take a look at this.

Build A 70 Amp Welder

Baz
I do a lot of art welding in my spare time. Especially over the Winter months. You can pick up a cheap welder from Harbor Freight tools. goto harborfreight.com to check out their selection. (around $100). they also sell manuals on the basics, and so do Pep Boys. I taught myself in about 1/2 a day, or less. What you'd spend on a class, you could spend on the welder. Be sure to do it safely though, along with the welder get the proper mask/shield, gloves, and a good heavy jacket not made of manmade materials. Also, never tuck your pants into your boots while welding! My friends often give me welding practice on their cars, trucks, and I've made lots of useful household items too. Good luck with it!
captsomer7 years ago
Hey Bouche, If you're not interested in the trade school route, try visiting a local metal fab shop. Offer to volunteer your time in exchange for some lessons. You'll learn while you work and you'll get the lessons also. I would hold off on buying a machine until you talk to someone and get some experience "under the hood". There are many different types of machines and many different manufacturers. They all do different things better than the other, and they are all expensive. Make sure you know what you want before you buy it. A profesional will be able to guide you. I would stick to the brand names (miller). Parts are easier to get if you need them and resale will be much better if you deside that this isn't what you thought it would be and want to ditch the machine. Stay away from the cheapo "no name" machines. They will turn out to be wasted money. Good luck.
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