Category Archives: Welding Fun

Fun facts and information related to metal fabrication.

Welding Scrap Into Art: Arc-Zone PRO Partner Joanie Butler

Joanie Butler welding scrap metal into art at Arc-Zone.com

That’s Joanie under that mask!

You may know Arc-Zone’s Joanie Butler from the phone– she may have helped you put your welding supplies order together as part of our team, or she may have answered a technical welding question for you over email.  When Joanie is not serving as Arc-Zone’s Pro Account Manager, she is working on her metal art.  Joanie is known for taking scrap metal and turning it into amazing art.  She has a fondness for critters, from dogs and owls to starfish and spiders.  Check out her work on Instagram, you’ll be amazed.

One of Joanie’s recent projects was welding up this little bull dog for Aaron Biefer, owner/operator of Bulldog Welding in Holly, Michigan (check out his work,  @BulldogWelding on Instagram).

bull dog welded from scrap

When Aaron challenged Joanie to recreate his four legged BFF #bulldog Owen back in January, she was so happy to honor a pet that was still alive. “I had absolutely no idea my own dog would be diagnosed with an incurable cancer just a little over a month into the build,” she says. Continue reading

What’s Hot in Welding for March

Here’s a roundup of what’s hot in welding around the internet this month:

Arc-Zone Product Spotlight

It’s not too late to get in on the deal for March 2015:  We’re introducing the 3M line of Personal Protection Equipment for welding safety products:

3M™ Rugged Comfort Half Facepiece 6500 Series

Happy Monday! All of us here @arc_zone are very proud to announce that we are now carrying @3mspeedglas products! To kick things off, we’re running a MARCH ONLY promo on the 6500 Quick Latch Half Mask #Respirator with replacement filters! When you buy this mask anywhere else, it does NOT come with filters. We’re giving you a set with each order so you’re ready to get started as soon as you get your package. Don’t sacrifice safety folks, this is your lungs we’re talking about. Check out promo link on profile page or call our wonderful Customer Care Team at 1-800-944-2243 or 760-931-1500. Thanks folks and as always #weldlikeapro!


Tag your post on Instagram with a #WeldLikeAGirl or #WomanWelder and we may feature you, your welding work, or your creative welding solutions:

Women Welding (and other metal work) Around the Web

11055571_1556244367975187_1341479336_n@sh_cardinal forgot her hood at home so rather than go back, she uses what she’s got! When are you coming out on the market with these high-tech hoods? This was too good not to share. It’s #ArcFlashFriday but we’re about T-minus a couple hours from the weekend! Have a good one everybody and always #weldlikeapro  #arczone #welding #StickLife #SMAW #PipeWelding


Most Commented Post AND Most Liked Post

This past month our post about the Razor blade challenge was not only our most commented post and our most liked post, but so far is the most commented and most liked OF ALL TIME (well at least for as long as we’ve been on Instagram!)

10963998_1572064729699991_1289946460_nHave any of you tried the #razorbladechallenge? @crummy_welding did and by the looks of it, we’d say he mastered it. You also can’t help but appreciate the #MadeInUSA blades The little things like this can keep your skills, no pun intended, sharp. Let’s see your best shot at the #razorbladechallenge #weldlikeapro #arczone #arc_zone #arctime

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Welding Giant Angel Wings

Barbie Parsons, Woman WelderBarbie Parsons was fascinated by the movie Castaway with Tom Hanks, but she was not drawn to the story of survival, nor character played by Tom Hanks, but rather with the woman welding giant angel wings at the beginning of the movie.  She said to herself, “I would love to do that!”  And for the last seven years that’s exactly what she’s been doing.

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Arc-Zone Pro Partner Joanie Butler

Arc-Zone’s very own Joanie Butler has been selected to participate in  The Arc-Zone Pro Partnership program.  A little over three years ago, Joanie’s adventure with Arc-Zone began. She has proven to be a Jill of all trades who assists our Customer Care, Marketing, and Purchasing Teams; she creates metal art as a hobby, and even single-handedly designed and built a one-of-a-kind sign for Arc-Zone’s Ultimate Showroom.

She’s an inspiration to female fabricators everywhere and was recently hand-selected by the AWS to serve on a National Committee to create a Program for the Girl Scouts of America. Without further ado, Arc-Zone proudly presents to you, Joanie Butler!

Joanie Butler @joaniebutler sporting the Arc-Zone pro Partnership Tee

Joanie Butler @joaniebutler sporting the Arc-Zone pro Partnership Tee

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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!

 

Welding Table Connections

Connections and hookups month (aka our interpretation of Valentines Day!) continues with this celebration of the newest addition to our Arc-Zone.com store… the complete line of StrongHand(TM) Tools welding tables from the amazing BuildPro to the portable yet rugged Nomad table.  In fact, we’re so excited, we’re giving away a  welding table over on our JoeWelder.com site!

the BuildPro modular welding table

The top-of-the-line modular BuildPro welding table is modular and  designed to grow with your business. It’s also  easy to set up (each panel only weighs 40 lbs) and there are some incredible fixturing kits (connectors and clamps) to will help you with any welding project you can dream up! Continue reading