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3 Roses

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Welded metal art – 2019-8,9,10 Projects #25,26,27. So my metal floral shop was in full swing. After meeting with some friends and showing off my developing metal art ‘skills’, there was a request for some metal washer roses. Multiple roses to be more exact. I was flattered by the request, and responded “… of course!” The ‘of course’, quickly came with the understanding that there was going to be some serious washer wraslin’ in my near future. While the washer roses turn out very nicely, the majority of the work involved manipulating the shape of the washers, which could include plier gripping, vice squishing, and anvil hammering. The likely event during any of the previously mentioned manipulations is an airborne washer … aand, wait for it (the ting as it hits the ground). Ahhh, it landed on the other side of the shop … under the car … just out of reach. Needless to say my washer manipulating (and chasing) emotions were beginning to get the best of me. I needed to step back, keep my emotions under control, and stick with the program. Focus was the key – literally. And I mean focus with a very good reaction time to catch any flying washers before they made it past me. Enter my childhood baseball catcher experience – block it with my body. As you can tell from the picture, I survived and finished the roses. Wait, what?!? You want 4 more?!? That’s another story.

The roses were made from washers (obviously) and involve 3 different sizes of washer. Indulge me as I explain. I know I have previously described rose construction in a previous post – just catching anyone up who hasn’t read that post. The smaller washers were TIG welded in two layers to create the center/inner petals of the rose. A medium sized set of washers, also in 2 layers, were TIG welded around the smaller washers. The outer layer contains the largest sized washers that I had, bent to give the outer flower petal effect. And yes, the multiple bends on the outer layer washers was a bear! The slightly easier part was making the stem leaves also from washers. They were TIG welded on the rod-stock flower stem. The easiest and most enjoyable part (because I knew I was nearly finished with the rose) was adding on the rose thorns – just by welding a little TIG feed wire on spots along the stem.

When stress is involved in a situation it is quite easy to let your gut emotions (frustration or displeasure) take over and control you. In those cases I find that taking a break, refocusing your awareness on the good feelings (get out of your gut and in your heart), and reflect on your end goal. A very special person in my life with a most beautiful mind once provided an eloquently stated mental assessment tool that I carry with me. I am paraphrasing her less eloquently in welder shop speak – base your reactions on the words (the literal situation) and not on the emotions (of the past). Come out on the other side knowing that the end product is a pretty awesome piece. While you are working on something, envision the future product and live in those good emotions – make some cool stuff, dig it, and Weld On!

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  1. Doug

    Killing it brother. Creative juicez never seem to end

    1. The Dan

      Thanks brother!

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