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Welding Junk (into Funk!)

Joanie and Maureen welding something good

Joanie, cuttin’ it up (or maybe welding something up) with our operations manager Maureen

This past September Arc-Zone, with our PRO Partners initiated a “Junk to Funk” welding contest on Instagram. Each PRO Partner was given a collection of scrap metal parts (each package was identical) and they were each tasked with welding the pieces into something. Over three weeks, the PRO Partners shared pictures of their welded works in progress with the hashtag #junktofunk on Instagram… then, when their creations were completed we gave them away.

The Arc-Zone team had so much fun with the #junktofunk welding project we decided to do our own in-house holiday edition. Thanks to Joanie Butler (our in-house PRO Partner) she’s got the whole team cuttin’ metal and burnin’ rod! And everyone, from our warehouse staff to the customer care team, and even our accountant are participating. In fact we even got my daughter welding!

If you want to get involved, join us on Instagram (@arc_zone), weld something out of scrap, take a photo, and upload it to Instagram with the #junktofunk hashtag and maybe we’ll showcase your welding masterpiece to our 10,000 plus followers!

And if you need to upgrade your welding tool box, or add some top quality welding accessories, check out our webstore.


I thought it would be fun if I scavenged through the internet looking for the most outrageous pictures that involved welding in any way. I narrowed it down to the top 7 welding pics that will make you blush! Please be advised, some of these photos may be slightly NSFW, depending upon where you work.

At NUMBER 7, we have a “pin-up” girl that’s ready to weld with her little pooch at her side. Pin-ups, which became very popular in the 40’s, were meant to be “pinned-up” on walls. Many pin-ups were photographs of celebrities who were considered sex symbols.  Clearly, this pin-up girl is “fully equipped.”


Coming in at NUMBER 6, we have another pin-up girl getting ready to do some serious welding. The gas is ready to go, welding goggles are on, and her last step is lifting up her dress to warm up her buns with that oxy-acetylene torch.

NUMBER 5 is for the ladies out there! Seo Young Deok, a brilliant Korean metal artist, created this piece of art. It’s a sculpture of a man who I HOPE is wearing Speedos, in a very focused Yoga pose. Or maybe he’s is just freaking out about that mouse he’s pointing at on the floor – while wearing Speedos. But seriously folks, Seo Young Deok is amazing; he meticulously creates his nude sculptures by welding metal bicycle chain links piece by piece. I wonder how long it takes to create one of his sculptures, or how he locates each piece of chain to make such compound 3D shapes.  Pretty amazing.

Coming in at NUMBER 4 we have another astonishing piece by Seo Young Deok. It appears to be a naked woman standing under a waterfall. Or if you tilt your head,  it looks as if she’s making a swan dive into the ocean. Or maybe she just baked a mean batch of chocolate chip cookies and she’s trying to get a good whiff of her success. But I’m probably way off, what do you think?

At NUMBER 3 we have a beautiful young lady holding still while a very focused man welds the final touches to her metal swimsuit, circa 1940. A metal bathing suit may seem incredibly inconvenient today, however, back then it was also incredibly inconvenient.

As the countdown is coming to a close we have NUMBER 2! A sexy woman wearing a metal corset. I’m not sure why she has that surprised look on her face but perhaps putting on that corset was considerably cold on her silky-smooth skin, or maybe it’s just a bit too tight on those hips. My final guess is that she had the sudden urge to use the restroom right after squeezing into that corset and said, “uh oh”.


And for the grand finale, we have NUMBER 1! This picture was so caliente that it almost went unpublished! Not that I’m into female metal sculptures, but this is the Scarlett Johansson of metal sculptures. Her Rapunzel-like hair is out of this world; it’s so beautiful that she’s even wearing it on her wrists which is totally normal. I just wish that perhaps one day I have the pleasure of meeting this iron beauty. Just in case opposites really do attract, I’ll be sure to bring my collection of magnets. Never mind, bad joke.

Thanks for indulging me on my journey of the web’s top 7 welding pics that will make you blush.  To weld with such blush-worthy precision requires tools such as the Sharpie Hand-Held Tungsten Grinder and Micro TIG Welding Torches, which allow maximum precision.


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Hot Dog Kustoms Miller Welding Helmets for Arc-Zone

Miller Welding HelmetsAt an auto show a few months back I got to talking with Pete “Hot Dog” Finlan, the former painter from West Coast Choppers, about custom painting a couple welding helmets for Arc-Zone.  I envisioned a cool old school hot rod theme, with gold leaf, metal flake, and pinstriping.  Pete, who also happens to be the uncle of Sarah, the Shipping Manager here at Arc-Zone, was up for the job.  I gave Pete two Miller Digital Elite  welding helmets with instructions to paint a personalized helmet for me and another helmet that we could give away to a lucky Arc-Zone customer. I chose the Miller helmet shells because of their cool shape, comfort, and lens technology.

Yesterday, Pete dropped off the finished product, and everyone in the office was blown away by how great these helmet shells look.  The level of detail in each of these helmets is mind boggling.  Hot Dog is a master at all the old school styles – flake, gold leaf, pinstriping, lettering, flames, airbrush.  There are custom-look welding helmets for sale, but these are on another level.

Weld Like a Pro Pete, a.k.a. Hot Dog, has been creating world-class custom paint jobs since 1982.  Pete began his career airbrushing surfboards and progressed rapidly to master all the various aspects of custom paint, including airbrush sign paint and pinstriping.  For several years, Pete worked as the in-house painter for West Coast Choppers.  Nowadays, Pete remains busy with various custom painting jobs through his company, Hot Dog Kustoms, and participates in painting competitions at auto and motorcycle shows nationwide.

The darker orange and blue helmet will be the first custom-painted helmet shell I’ve ever had in all my years of welding.  In the past, I have always decorated my helmet with stickers.  I remember back in the day when my dad and I painted our own welding helmets because we wanted a custom look on a shoestring budget.  Having a famous hot rod painter like Hot Dog paint a welding helmet for me was something I only dreamed about back then.  It’s good to be Joe Welder!

 Hot Dog Miller Welding HelmetsAs I am sure you are all wondering, we have big plans for one lucky Arc-Zone customer to get their hands on the other Hot Dog Kustoms welding helmet, and we will be making that announcement soon.  Stay tuned!Hot Dog Kustoms


The helmet is orange with yellow airbrushed flames on the sides, front, and top.  On each side is the logo, and the top reads “Weld Like a Pro”.  In the front, the helmet is signed by Hot Dog Kustoms and dated 2012.

Some of the Coolest Welding Art You’ll Ever See!

At Arc-Zone, we’re continually amazed at the cool things people are doing with welding torches and equipment.  Vigallart is a 3D Metal Sculpture artist. cello

They’re located out in Joshua Tree and they’re making by far the coolest metal welding sculptures you’ve ever seen.  And they’re all made by welding stainless steel and aluminum pieces which is of course, right up Joe Welder’s alley.

Ric’s daughter Molly actually contacted us because they had been having problems with their plasma torch arcing inside the torch head.  We hooked them up with a brand new torch head and consumables so they could keep churning out more of their amazing metal art.

Ric Vigallon has created some of the most stunning metal art you’ll ever see.  Each piece is hand-made by Ric and he specializes in custom orders.  They have shown their work at festivals all over California, so if you get the chance definitely check them out.  You can see more of their metal art art over at their online gallery.  And if you need supplies for your plasma arc welding station, including plasma arc welding torches, performance proven replacement parts and even consumables like tungsten electrodes—  Arc-Zone has got you covered.

One Company’s Scraps…

Scrap metal doesn’t ever go to waste at Wagner Companies — instead, the employees are using their free time to transform these bits and pieces into beautiful works of art.

Metal manufacturing workers use talents to transform scraps into art

By Rick Barrett of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Feb. 8, 2010

When a piece of scrap metal falls to the factory floor at Wagner Companies, employee James Woggon may be close behind, snapping it up as material for his artwork.

So when thousands of small metal rings were going to be scrapped, Woggon used them – and a chair from the company cafeteria – to create a funky piece of patio furniture.

It was strictly for fun. Yet the talents of Woggon and fellow employee Jason Scott have not been lost on their employer, which manufactures things such as hand railings and snowplow parts. The two were hired as metal fabricators, an unglamorous job that often involves making thousands of parts in a repetitive fashion. But when work slows down, Woggon and Scott use their artistic talents in the factory.