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The final product
The outline
Filling it in

Welded metal art – 2019-4 Project #20. So after a well intended but not so successful project (the sprint car), it appears that the most constructive attitude to regain welding momentum is to shift to something more simple. In this case the shift wasn’t necessarily to something more simple but it was still a successful shift, at least in my opinion. Maybe my ‘welding skin’ was getting thicker by this point – or maybe that’s just the callouses from the hot metal burns. Whatever the reason, my feelings were less about the criticism and more focused on enjoying the art and the welding.

The ole’ internet provided the inspiration for this piece and I just happened to have the necessary scrap metal laying around to support some seahorse MIG welding. As noted in the first photo, a used kart chain provided the outline, which also initially looked very similar to a musical note (no offense to the musicians out there). Various sized washers were used to fill in the body. They did work very well to form the scaly and spiny body of the metal creature. I had already cannibalized a pair of needle-nosed lock pliers, so I continued the dismantlement (cannibalization sounds so Donner Pass-like) of said pliers because some of the remaining pieces visually matched the head and snout of the seahorse (I was going to say beak but I didn’t want to offend the bird people out there). I cut 2 slices off of a 4-cycle Honda engine crankshaft gear that worked out nicely as the seahorse fins (I was going to say wings, but I didn’t want to offend any unicorn people out there). A full-sized crankshaft gear worked perfectly as the seahorse base. To get a little underwater current simulation and feel, and a few twisted rod stock pieces and an artfully welded chain piece did the trick and gave a very nice 3D effect.

Taking my time putting this one together and sizing up parts before putting them together helped the visual presentation, and it definitely looked much nicer than the sprint car in the end. However, it is amazing how art that resembles nature looks in comparison to art intended to reflect more mechanical structures. Natural art does allow for flaws in line structure and form, dare I say it actually appreciates it. The flaws develop the character of the piece … yes, let’s go with that! Mechanical art is very reliant on straight and forced lines, at least from my own critical perspective. I’m making a concerted effort to incorporate a natural art flow into a mechanical theme. I guess that is why I like the term ‘rat rod’ when it comes to the pieces that come out of my shop. In any case, enjoy and weld on!

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  1. Emma S

    I really like this!

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