Category Archives: Welding Art

Welding and metal artists and their art.

Victoria: BlacksmitHER !

noid-DSCF4647Victoria Ross Patti has been welding for twenty years, her interest in metal first sparked when she worked as the only woman industrial mechanic at a Water Treatment plant in Boulder Colorado.

“Once I learned I was soon staying after work to practice and make metal sculptures from the discarded parts of motors and pumps from the treatment plant,” she says.

What excites you about welding?

I am excited to see more and more women getting into this field of work, it’s a momentum that is growing and exciting.

What welding process(es) do you use most? or feel more familiar with?

When I was at the water treatment plant I used stick and MIG on various treatment equipment and pipe.  Now I primarily use MIG on steel for my steel sculptures. Continue reading

Social Media and Welding Connections

One of the things we love most about the internet here at Arc-Zone.com is that it allows us to connect with fabricators around the world!  We’ve shipped TIG, MIG and or Plasma Arc Welding accessories to just about every country around the world. Now with the popularity of social media, we not only connect with fabricators through our webstore, we get to see their work when they post photos on social networks like  Facebook, Instagram.

We’ve connected with some amazing and fun fabricators, here’s just a few who regularly comment and share with us:

One of our Instagram followers is Midnight Metal Craft in Roseville, Michigan.

Here’s just a taste of their work, these fine looking candle holders (pictured left)!  Check out their Facebook page for more awesome pics.

 

 

Another of our favorites is ToxicFab out of Kemah, Texas.   They lay some pretty impressive beads (see photo on the right).  They also have an impressive number of Instagram folllowers (and with pics like these, it’s no wonder!) not to mention Facebook Fans!

Untitled-2Another of our welding connections also hails from Texas: Isaac Carrion who offers welding and repair services.  You’ll find him posting pics of some of the heavy equipment repair jobs he’s out on and you can follow him on Instagram too!

 


leafAnd yes, fellow female fabricators,  we do have women welders who we connect with also.  Lea Fales is a designer, sculptor, and student (though she’s finishing up soon!) in Florida who works in metal.  And check her out (pictured right) Isn’t she sexy!

 

And last, but not least for this welding connection roundup, our friend from Down Under (that’s Australia), Weldporn, who celebrates great welders, and great welds on his Instagram account every day. And has started up his own welding apparel business too!

And if you’re looking for the more traditional welding connections, like the connectors that get your TIG torch hooked up to your welding machine, or that connect your welding power cables, and gas and water lines…  check out the welding connectors section over at Arc-Zone.com (sorry, had to get our own product plug in there somehow!).

And you can find Arc-Zone on Instagram, and on Facebook as well!  We’ll post about company news, new welding products, and we may share your story!

 

New Rosies revisited: Debra Montgomery

Debra Montgomery, woman welderOur theme for February, in honor of St. Valentine’s Day, is connections and hook-ups… in the broadest (and cleanest) sense of the words.  Back in 2008 we began profiling women welders here.  I thought it would be fun to catch up with some of those fabulous female fabricators and see where they are now.

We met our first woman welder over on mySpace (is anyone still on mySpace?)  Anyway, her handle was SteelWitch, aka Debra Montgomery.  She answered a question I’d had about welding copper (copper, it turned out, was her metal “crush,” not steel as her handle implied).  Debra and her husband Eric had a custom fab shop in the Sierras near Sequoia National Park and one of their specialties–  kitchen hoods made of copper.  I asked her how things were going….

Carmen:  Do you still have a fab shop with your husband?  and how has the economy treated you?

Debra:  Yes, Eric and I still run The Metal Shoppe. The economy has been a little challenging. There were were some touch and go times, but things have picked back up and I think we are going into our best year yet in 2014. We have been working in the Los Angeles area, the Bay area and down in San Diego to name a few locations. We have also had some local work pick back up again. We feel like our website has been instrumental in keeping our business afloat. It really expands the potential clientele base! For example have shipped our hoods as far away as New York and Colorado this past year. Continue reading

Don’t shop, WELD!

With less than one day left before we’ll be sitting around the tree opening presents, if you’ve not finished your Christmas shopping, you may find yourself tempted to go the mall.  Don’t go!  Instead, wouldn’t you rather be welding?  There are tons of great gifts you can make to hand out, and you’ll be doing something you love, for someone you love!

We’ve heard from tons of fans who have welded gifts:  a stainless steel flower, a welding table, a Christmas Candelabra, belt buckles made with stainless tubing and TIG wire,  a fire pit, a barbecue pit, a horseshoe and wagon wheel bench…. The creativity of our fans is amazing!

Arc-Zone’s own Joanie (aka MIG Ryan) loves to weld gifts for her friends and family and wanted share some tips.

Joanie recommends a MIG welder.  “It’s quick and easy to set up for mild steel. And if you use scrap, most of the metal you’ll find is usually some type of steel.”

Joanie also loves her plasma cutter, “I call it my paintbrush for metal,” she says.  You could also use a die grinder with a flap disc to remove surface rust and welding slag to add another level of texture, basic hammering tools, chisels, vice grips, nippers, metal shears, a chop saw, and other metal hand tools to shape the metal you’re working with.

For any items that are going to be outside, cure items with clear acrylic.  “Once it’s out in the elements, different characteristics of the metal will emerge,” Joanie says.

1. Joanie’s favorite items to make as gifts usually involve using found objects or repurposing things.  “I take an old hand saw—most people throw them away—and I write a positive message like ‘Life’s a Journey. Have Fun’ on it and cut it out with my plasma cutter.  Joanie says these signs are perfect for the garden.

2. Joanie also likes to make heart signs—which also make great gifts. (pictured above)

3. Windchimes are another whimsical and easy to make gift with scrap metal, everything from bottle caps to broken down metal parts.  Joanie even adds rocks for a natural element and gears—whatever she has found laying around.

4. Picture frames made of scrap metal are always a popular item, especially if it includes a nice picture of you with your special friend!

5. My favorite of Joanie’s gift items are the garden critters.  They’re so wacky and fun.

Half mask welding respirator

Of course, like all of us here at Arc-Zone, Joanie say:  SAFETY FIRST!  Especially a  respirator and proper hand, ear and eye protection. “The Miller half mask respirator is AWESOME. I can’t tell you how much I love that,” she says. (pictured right)

Arc-Zone not only carries these, but a great line of welding safety gear—and even welding apparel sized and designed for women.

 

Rider Turned Welder

Nick Coleman is a horseman at heart, but after this latest welding project for an AG class, who knows?  Welding just might have to come first, after all.

CHS sophomore may turn from horse training to welding

By Pete Kendall/reporter@trcle.com
February 12, 2010

It’s understandably spooky mounting a horse that’s never been ridden.

The rider can’t know exactly what the horse is going to do — smile, frown or say, “If you raise your voice to me one more time, I’ll buck you into Bosque County.”

That’s what almost happened to young horseman Nick Coleman.

“At first, I was nervous,” the Cleburne High sophomore said. “When I’d first get on a horse, I’d be holding the saddle horn. But if you do enough ground work on them, they shouldn’t buck. They might, but ground work really pays off.

“I had one last year throw me into a metal pipe fence. The guy who was helping me on the ground let go of the lead rope. My leg wasn’t all the way in the saddle. I came off and flew into a fence. The way Ron [Richmond, boss] and I do it, one of us is on the horse and the other is on the ground with the lead rope. If the horse starts bucking, the one with the lead rope pulls [the horse] around.”

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