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I want to get into art welding and don't have any welding experience. Where can I go to get welding instruction and guidance for small projects. I don't know the difference between a TIG, MIG, or Arc welders. Which one is the best to learn on?Not intrested in jewelry. Thanks


I just started welding myself...my mom actually taught me shes a certified welder and my dad helped but I enjoy it...kinda amazing how it all works out I love it. if you like welding you might like blacksmithing. thats fun a bit tiring after a while but you can make creative things combine the welding & the blacksmithing you can do anything

If you live next to Sacramento then UC Davis has a excellent welding program at the " EXPERIMENTAL " college. You dont have to be a student. With a class, you get access to grinders, migs, tigs, oxy-actylene welders with a huge range of tips as well as your own locker. Also since it is consider a "high level" class, then you also have access to all their sand-blasting, frabication, painting and design equipment. I think that the class for a quarter is around 80 - 90. definitely worth it.

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I do a lot of art welding in my spare time. Especially over the Winter months. You can pick up a cheap welder from Harbor Freight tools. goto harborfreight.com to check out their selection. (around $100). they also sell manuals on the basics, and so do Pep Boys. I taught myself in about 1/2 a day, or less. What you'd spend on a class, you could spend on the welder. Be sure to do it safely though, along with the welder get the proper mask/shield, gloves, and a good heavy jacket not made of manmade materials. Also, never tuck your pants into your boots while welding! My friends often give me welding practice on their cars, trucks, and I've made lots of useful household items too. Good luck with it!

Hey Bouche, If you're not interested in the trade school route, try visiting a local metal fab shop. Offer to volunteer your time in exchange for some lessons. You'll learn while you work and you'll get the lessons also. I would hold off on buying a machine until you talk to someone and get some experience "under the hood". There are many different types of machines and many different manufacturers. They all do different things better than the other, and they are all expensive. Make sure you know what you want before you buy it. A profesional will be able to guide you. I would stick to the brand names (miller). Parts are easier to get if you need them and resale will be much better if you deside that this isn't what you thought it would be and want to ditch the machine. Stay away from the cheapo "no name" machines. They will turn out to be wasted money. Good luck.

Stick welding (arc) is getting to be more of a specialty. I would hazard to say that most people welding at home are using a wire feed style. They are much easier to use.

I would start with a basic flux core wire feed welder. they are available for less than $300.00.

This site has a ton of good information on the different types and styles of welding as well as basic instruction


This site will help you select the best type of welder for what you want to do:


Thanks. I found both sites to have most of the info I need. Guess I'll have to find a local artisan to teach me how to do it. Much Grass. bouche

Your local community college would be a good start. Most have adult classes for Welding and basic mechanics. Depending on the type of welding being done and the type of metals being welded that define what equipment is used.

Thanks for the info. Local college and trade school both have courses, one 12 mos., one 18 mos. When you graduate you are certified as a full blown welder. They have nothing less. I just want to be able to tack some metal together. Again thanks. bouche