Making Artistic Arc-Welded Objects (May, 1932)

These look like something dredged up from the bottom of the ocean.

Making Artistic Arc-Welded Objects

STUDENTS of an electrical arc welding company’s classes have worked out a scheme for making highly ornamental objects which beat all for uniqueness and distinction. In this novel process, which forms a part of their classroom work, they salvage waste metal and convert it into such articles as shown in the accompanying photos.

Any workshop fan handy with an arc welding machine can work out similar objects on his own hook. Though the products are highly intricate, the job isn’t nearly as difficult as if looks.

The first step is to scout around a junk yard and salvage any old healthy metal parts you can lay hands on. With your material procured, you next must work out your design, three of which are suggested in the accompanying photos.

These odd pieces of metal must be first fashioned to the shape which you desire, then thoroughly cleaned in preparation for the welding. This step you should do thoroughly, if you expect a good job.

Next the parts are welded together in the customary manner. It will be impossible to explain this process here, since it is expected that you are already expert in the job of applying the welding rod.

It is advisable to begin at the bottom and work upward, since such a method produces a more even grained surface. Work consistently in one direction, that is, ’round and ’round with a spiral motion, or else up and down, depending upon the design you wish to work out.

When you have completely beaded over object to form the surface coating, you can improve on this by going over it with the welding rod to produce intricate designs, or even initials. Your ingenuity in pattern work will help you immensely here.

Metal rods of any kind can easily be fashioned into ornamental desk lights, as illustrated herewith. To say that they are extremely durable would be useless, but you can see for yourself that they are unique and artistic. Wiring is carried out in the customary manner. When the work is completed, the surface should be cleaned by the use of a wire brush or by sandblasting, the latter being preferred, since it produces a finer finish. To complete this finish and prevent rusting apply a couple of coats of bronze lacquer or paint.

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