Since my Valentine is long gone. I decided to make her a Valentines heart at the Chandler TechShop. For my information checkout the TechShop website at www.techshop.ws.
Materials needed include:
3/4 inch flat steel - Industrial Metal Supply
Diablo routing disc - HomeDepot
Powder Coat (color of your choice) - Powder by the pound
UB-5 bender with Scroll attachments
Powder coating gun/booth/oven
Step 1: Grinding flat steel and preparing to cut
Now you will want to use your Diablo grinding disc that is installed on the hand grinder and want to remove the protective coating that is on flat steel. Make sure to use the table clamps to hold the steel in place as you remove the coating. This should leave a nice metalic look on the steel.
After you have the nice metallic look on the steel as shown below. You will want to measure and mark the flat steel accordingly. Since I used the Ironworker to make the cuts I had to account for an additional offset of 5.5 inches. To form the scroll I will be cutting the steel to 9 inch length pieces. That means when using the Ironworker I will have to mark my pieces off at 14.5 inches. I used to painters tape to reduce the amount of sanding we will have to do since the flat steel will be powder coated at a later stage.