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Right Angle by WurdBendur Right Angle by WurdBendur
I suppose this is hardly art, but I just learned to use a MiG welder last week, and I was excited to be making something. This steel angle is a purely functional assignment which will be used to set up right angles and as a straight edge in later assignments. My weld is pretty messy, but I guess it's not bad for my second day of welding. I've drawn some cleaner practice beads on flat sheets, but I couldn't really see to keep my lines straight with the welding helmet on, so I tried to do a little at a time.

The right half is ground down to a nice edge (though it has some pits I'll need to fill in), and the rest of the weld is left so it can be graded. After he's graded it, I guess I'll probably grind it down too.

I will accept any pointers anyone can give on my welding or grinding because I definitely need them (more so on the welding).
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Mexican-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you tried making half-moons or circles while you weld. It will help make the weld more consistent and stronger.
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WurdBendur Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
I've been trying to make circles and did okay when practicing, but I just couldn't see this piece through the helmet glass. I kept stopping and starting because it kept getting out of line.

I think it's just going to take a lot more practice.
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Mexican-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it does take practice. I tend to be right over the project when working.
Pressing the tip of the welder on the metal helps a little. It only works with the mig though. (never do that with an arc welder. Big mistake..)
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WurdBendur Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
Haha, we haven't even begun that yet, but I'll remember that.
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