Introduction: Homemade Steel Centerpiece Candle Holder

The girlfriend's super-secret Christmas present that couldn't be unveiled until today.

Built and welded from cold-rolled steel, hand painted with acrylic craft paint and spray on clear coat for protection.

If you have any questions about how I formed the metal, please take a look at some of my other Instructables on metalworking and MIG welding, or ask me directly.

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Phil B (author)2009-12-26

At first I thought the flower petals were either real or  silk.  Then I realized they are also made of steel and welded in place.  Did you use a plasma cutter to make the petals?  I assume you used a MIG welder. 

I would enjoy seeing photos of the steps in cutting and making the petals, as well as attaching them.  Thanks for sharing this.  I hope she liked it.

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mattthegamer463 (author)Phil B2009-12-26

The centerpiece is completely made of steel.  I cut the metal using a few manual machine shop tools (manual sheer, manual punch, manual notcher) and welded them together with a MIG welder, yes.  You could also to cut petals and pieces with a hacksaw and a jigsaw, or tin snips.  Here at school I use machine shop tools but at home the best tool I have is tin snips and a jigsaw.

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Phil B (author)Phil B2009-12-26

I just viewed your earlier Instructable on the metal garden flower.  That answered my questions and gave a good description of similar steps in making this candle holder.  I also learned you use a jigsaw to cut your metal. 

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