Credit for this idea goes to an unknown metal artist I saw at the 2009 Rochester Lilac Festival. Drop by next year and see if you can find him.
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Step 1: What You'll Need
1.Silverware- For this flower, you'll need 8 large soup spoons, and 2 forks. It's easy to pick up used silverware at minimal cost at garage sales, commission shops or auctions. The thicker and heavier, the better. Just make sure your flatware is stainless steel, and not your mom's long lost heirloom silver collection. Silver is worth far more in whole form, and it won't weld properly anyways!
2. Ladle Scoop- You'll need one stainless ladle scoop, either from a broken ladle, or perhaps liberated from a used utensil. A similarly sized stainless steel cup or bowl could work as well.
2. Metal Rod- Any sort of steel scrap you have laying around will work- or you can buy 1/2" steel re-bar at most hardware stores.
My costs for this project have hovered around $3 for the silverware and steel rod.
1. Welder- I use a home-built microwave in the true DIY spirit, but MIG or TIG would be much more precise. The design of the flower could be adapted to use a spot welder too. By the way, this project is a great excuse to build a welder! See the links below.
2. Weld Rods- I cannot justify the cost of stainless weld rods on a project that should only cost
$3-5, so I used some 3/32" 6013 mild steel weld rods I had lying around. They do not do a beautiful job, but most of the welds are hidden. I would recommend using a similar cheap, mild steel weld rod for cost reasons, but you can use whatever you want!
3. Clamps- At minimum, you'll need a clamp or two to hold things in place while you weld. Some vie-grip clamps would be ideal. As you'll see, I found it easier to use some large steel pieces to hold the spoons in place. Bottom line, use what you've got.
4. Hacksaw- to cut the silverware.