Halloween is fast becoming one of the most popular holidays for decorating your home. With your welder and a Halloween welding project or two, you can create your own horrifyingly creative Halloween decorations.
As always, the hardest part of getting started is coming up with ideas. I have put together a list of my favorite Halloween welding project ideas, and I’m excited to share them with you.Continue reading
You’ve got a box of old silverware and a welder. Now what?
How about trying your hand at cutlery art or silverware crafts?
Cutlery art offers an opportunity for the hobbyist welder to create home decor, garden art, and sculpture items from silverware and kitchen utensils. Whether you’re interested in cutlery welding projects for yourself, as gifts, or to sell, many options exist to get creative with cutlery.Continue reading
Ever wonder why some welders prefer MIG welding with 100% CO2 shielding gas instead of using a blend of argon and CO2 that’s designed for MIG?
Used to shield the weld from contamination, CO2 is plain-old carbon dioxide. It’s the same stuff used to extinguish fires, carbonate your beer and soda, and keep them cold.
The major advantage to MIG welding with CO2 is its low operating cost. But there are added benefits, along with a few downsides.
While it’s not for everyone, in the right situation straight CO2 is an excellent choice for a MIG shielding gas.Continue reading
You’ve purchased a welder and completed the welding projects it was initially intended for and now wonder what’s next? Why not start with a few rebar welding projects?
Rebar is readily available at your local home supply store, steel supply store or you can roundup some scrap rebar and recycle it.
Rebar is an inexpensive material that you can experiment with.Continue reading
Whether you’re taking up horseshoe welding as a hobby or want to create projects for some extra cash flow, you’ll need some basic tools to get you started.
You may already have some tools you’ll need in your garage or workshop, so it may be as easy as adding just a few items.
Here’s a list of basic horseshoe welding tools that will help you complete your horseshoe welding projects. You’ll also find links to more in-depth information for several of the items.Continue reading
Having trouble finding flux core aluminum welding wire?
You’re not alone. There’s plenty of confusion on this topic, and even some deception.
Also referred to as gasless aluminum welding wire, it sounds like a suitable option for a minor welding job. And one that can save you hundreds on welding gas and a spool gun.
Plus, if your welder is a flux core only model, it’s your only option. Or is it?Continue reading
Whether you’re a weekend hobbyist welder, a blacksmith or a professional welder, horseshoes offer endless possibilities for useful metalworking projects. Horseshoe welding projects make great gifts, rustic home or barn decor pieces, garden art, sculpture and so much more.
This fun hobby can also evolve into a nice side hustle to make extra money selling your creations online, at a craft show or at events.Continue reading
I’m going to give you some common (and not so common) ideas about where to find scrap metal for welding projects. When going to these places, make sure always to be honest with the owner. Let them know that you’re looking for scrap metal so you can work on your next welding project, (this will get you a lot farther when collecting scrap metal than anything else you can say).Continue reading
When erecting the 5.4-ton Iron pillar of Delhi in India at around 310 A.D., the workers could not know how much influence welding would have on the world today.
Sixteen hundred years later, our progress beyond the ancient forge-welding process is evident. Anywhere you look there are bridges, skyscrapers, airplanes, and even cell phones, all thanks to welding.
As the American Welding Society states: “Welding is the secret ingredient that keeps today’s world together.”
Does that make you wonder: “What exactly does it take to become a welder?”