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.

At first I thought the flower petals were either real or&nbsp; silk.&nbsp; Then I realized they are also made of steel and welded in place.&nbsp; Did you use a plasma cutter to make the petals?&nbsp; I assume you used a MIG welder.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> I would enjoy seeing photos of the steps in cutting and making the petals, as well as attaching them.&nbsp; Thanks for sharing this.&nbsp; I hope she liked it.<br />
The centerpiece is completely made of steel.&nbsp; I&nbsp;cut the metal using a few manual machine shop tools (manual sheer, manual punch, manual notcher) and welded them together with a MIG&nbsp;welder, yes.&nbsp; You could also to cut petals and pieces with a hacksaw and a jigsaw, or tin snips.&nbsp; Here at school I&nbsp;use machine shop tools but at home the best tool I have is tin snips and a jigsaw.<br /> <br />
I just viewed your earlier Instructable on the metal garden flower.&nbsp; That answered my questions and gave a good description of similar steps in making this candle holder.&nbsp; I also learned you use a jigsaw to cut your metal.&nbsp; <br />

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