Studio: Snyder & Catalina Hwy, (520) 271-2641 SAAG Gallery, LaEncantada
You are provided a piece of sheet metal and whatever other parts you need, determined, of course, by the project you have in mind. For practice and learning plasma-cutting, I have pre-cut metal "worksheets" for you to practice shapes, curves, lines and all styles of cuts to hone your skills. You will then plasma cut your project or choice of butterfly, sconce, mask, address sign, etc.
You will begin by running a series of "beads" on a blank of metal. You will then learn a weave pattern, a "seam bead" series of tacks for cold welding, and begin to join pieces together. Depending on your interest, whether it is learning technique impeccably, or learning what is necessary to get your project going, we will determine the extent of your practice.
I have petals, leaves and a flower stem prepared for you to put together and apply your welding knowledge. You are welcome to bring your own materials, like salvage metal you may have collected, and we will see if we can use it. Additionally, I have many boxes of scrap (more eloquently called, “remnants”) you can collage with to your heart’s content.
If you have ideas for a project already, please let me know ahead of time by emailing an image and I’ll see if I have the right materials, their cost, and how I can make it happen in a short workshop.
This is a quick three minute overview of MIG welding. I highly recommend it because they use a special lens that allows you to see much more than you really can with a helmet on.
Overview of Welding processes & Tools - MIG (wire feed), Arc (stick welding), & TIG and reason for choosing each tool.
Demonstration of horizontal, vertical, overhead welds of butt, lap, T-, & edge joints. Note that their weaving motion is very minimal or subtle. I learned making a more overt agitation motion.
Grumpy shop teacher illustrates all the things you are doing wrong with machine settings and technique.