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« on: February 04, 2016, 12:42:43 am »

For 25 years I have been painting with a welder.  Mostly it is to decorate bells.  Here is a piece I am working on now.  I am posting this because I thought one aspect may be of interest.  The first image is after the welding and brazing are finished.  I used a MIG wire to weld on steel and bronze.  I used an ACE torch to braze on brass and copper. 

Quite the mess


After a couple hours of wire brushing.


The red is what is left of the original red paint of this fire extinguisher.  This will be the 4th largest bell I have ever made and the largest ever of a rocking bell.

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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2016, 06:13:46 pm »

True craftsmanship! Thanks for showing your technique, I'm sure most people don't realise how much work goes into creations like these.

Very nice.

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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2016, 06:25:05 pm »

Very creative technique. Have you seen works from this guy who run webpage called "WeldPorn" http://www.thesimpletruth.in/blog/creative/15-welds-so-beautiful-theyre-practically-art/ - https://www.instagram.com/weldporn/?hl=en

He is probably the most famous welding painter in nowadays and pinterest and different craft blogs are full of his amazing TIG pieces.
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2016, 08:07:06 pm »

Thanks!

I am familiar with those that make beautiful looking welds.  I am going for something different.  I don't need beautiful welds.  In fact I don't want it to look like a weld, but to look like a branch or what ever. 

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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2016, 08:24:58 pm »

That's so pretty!
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2016, 08:47:02 pm »

Thanks.

Just finished it. (Still needs to be sprayed when weather permits)

Timed it at 31 minutes and 54 seconds from when I started it rocking to when it came to a complete stop.  The best I had ever gotten before was 24 minutes, and usually they run just under 20 minutes.  Took a picture in the shop, but looks terrible so I will have to wait to I can move it out side and get a good photo.
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2016, 09:59:59 pm »

Just goes to show that a creative artist can work with just about anything - lovely job, Maets!

Haven't we seen something similar on one of your bells before this, or is it the same bell?
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2016, 10:16:26 pm »

Thanks.

This is the basic way I decorate all of the bells I make.  I mostly wanted to show how it looks immediately after welding, but before it is wire brushed.  I never took a picture before of that stage of creation. Thought it might be of interest.
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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2016, 10:32:05 pm »

Also, I should mention that this is one of the most heavily decorated bells ever.  Branch with flowers and buds, two cardinals, one hummingbird, two dragonflies, a chickadee, and three butterflies.
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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2016, 06:54:45 am »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
Thanks for sharing this stage of the work- it's fascinating!

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« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2016, 01:46:06 pm »

Thank you, my pleasure.
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« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2016, 02:59:01 pm »

Does heating the steel like that change the tone you get afterwards?
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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2016, 12:31:51 am »

It can affect the sound.  Ruin it even in some cases.  I try very hard to avoid that. 

Here is how it looks finished.







This piece evolved as I made it.  Never thought when I started it that there would be a brass ball on the top.  My steampunk work has definitely effected my bell making. 

This one has a period of just over 5 seconds.  Nice and slow.  Fun to watch.  I posted a video on instagram.  Need to shoot one for youtube.
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« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2016, 02:31:57 am »

Beautiful!
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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2016, 02:41:53 pm »

Thank you kind lady!
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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2016, 06:53:11 pm »

Fascinating techniques, and the results are beautiful.  The layman would imagine, prior to seeing your creations, that raw metal, peeling paint, and welds, would be an impossible recipe for creating beautiful art, thanks for sharing, and, as always, your inspiration.
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« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2016, 10:17:31 pm »

You are quite welcome!
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« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2016, 07:00:42 am »

OMG My Dear Maets that is beautiful!

could you possibly post an audio or u-tube of the sound?

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« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2016, 01:55:52 pm »

Thank you very much.

I did put a short video on instagram, but I do want to shoot one for you tube.

The sound as recorded by my phone for instagram is NOTHING like it is in person.  This bell has a very deep sound that doesn't convey unless you are standing next to it. You can actually feel the bell ring in person.
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« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2016, 07:56:42 pm »

Lovely stuff to see. The ball is a nice touch.
Only thing that breaks my eye is the penny/fender washers have not been hammered over to follow the contour of the ball.
What do you use for the clapper?
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« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2016, 08:49:14 pm »

Thanks.
The brass ball on the top was a strange thing.  It is brass, but there had been some heavy inside parts out of steel that I removed awhile back.  There where 4 holes around the ball at the seam.  I needed to fill them with something and thus the washers.  Do note that the washers have been brazed over with copper and brass.  They also provided a good way to secure the ball to the top of the bell.

The ball inside is a softball.  Not much volume, but a great sound.  I have attached a video, but it doesn't give justice to the bell.  You barely hear the primary tone and instead hear the clapper as it shifts on its hanging loop.  Standing next to the bell you don't hear that at all, only the bell.  Oh well.  Here is a short video.

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« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2016, 01:45:21 am »

Thank you Maets, a hint of the tone came thru and watching it in motion is amazing!

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« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2016, 04:27:43 am »

Thanks!  If you hit it with a softball you can get a lot more volume.

They are very relaxing to watch.
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« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2016, 07:38:49 pm »

Heck of a day today.  This piece found a permanent home.
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« Reply #24 on: May 30, 2016, 02:34:59 pm »

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