Introduction: Making a Small Welded Steel Sculpture

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This is an after-the-fact instructable as I did not take many pictures during the process.  I mainly just wanted to show off my sculpture ;)  It is a small sculpture of a dancer made from 1/4" and 1/8" diameter mild steel.


Step 1: Tools

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The tools that I used to make this include: a hacksaw, metal files, a bench grinder, and a 110V MIG welder.  The MIG welder is not ideal, but it's what I had available.  A TIG welder would be much better suited to this type of work.  This instructable does not teach welding or shop safety.  Many community colleges offer welding classes and I would highly recommend this if you are interested in projects like this one.

Step 2: Concept

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Here's a sketch of the concept.

Step 3: Materials

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This sculpture is made with only 1/4" and 1/8" diameter mild steel rod.  The 1/8" diameter steel is used for her arms, everything else is made from the 1/4" diameter steel.  This sort of steel can be purchased at nearly any hardware store.

Step 4:

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Here's the finished sculpture.  It's not as easy as it looks ;)   It took me about 4 hours
of cutting, welding, filing and grinding to reach this point.  The welds are far from perfect and a TIG welder would have been more suitable for this sort of work, but I'm relatively happy with the results.

Comments

corey95 (author)2010-04-25

do you think i could saulder it instead (i dont have a welder and i dont know anyone who does)

scd (author)corey952010-04-26

Soldering will not work .. I used steel and a Mig welder because that's what I had and it's what  I wanted to experiment with .. but someone could probably make a similar sculpture using wooden dowels and a hot glue gun :)

2 stroke (author)scd2010-09-12

or you can use copper and solder

jordscot (author)2 stroke 2011-02-01

I tried this exercise. I am a electronics assembler, and I used a simple Weller soldering iron and solder, looks just as good. I have pics available on my facebook page. (By The Way, one does not have to use a Weller soldering iron, feel free to use any soldering iron.) For something different, I added 2x 5 mm LEDS and a sensor, and turned this girl into a tenpin bowler. Check it out. When she bowls a strike, her eyes flash.

southbaysue (author)2010-11-22

scd:

she's very elegant and esthetically pleasing...

i'm sorry to turn welding talk to sex, but i like her little butt...cute

sue

TIMMAH! (author)2010-05-04

Sorry welding noob here.  What makes TIG better for this application?  What would be different (both during the welding process and post welding process if you had gone with TIG?)

scd (author)TIMMAH!2010-05-04

TIG just offers more control of both the amoutn of heat and the amount of filler metal added.

corey95 (author)2010-04-25

now what you should do with this is buy some spray chrome (its in a spray paint can) and it'll look even better

Phil B (author)2010-03-02

Thank you.  I love little welding projects.

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