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January 14, 2008
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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.
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.
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..)
WurdBendur Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
Haha, we haven't even begun that yet, but I'll remember that.
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