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Yes – Four More Roses

Yep! I can count.
How many metal roses does it take to get to get to the center of a tootsie pop (yeah, I don’t know, but don’t lick them)
One …
Two …
Three? I guess the world will never know.

Welded metal art – 2019-12,13,14,15 Projects #29,30,31,32.The three roses a few posts back were such a hit, I was asked to make four more. The goal was to make the stems for this next set of varying lengths to provide a variation of height and depth in a metal rose flower garden. It reminded me of: “We want – a shrubbery!” And then: “We want – another shrubbery, only slightly higher to give a two-level effect.” Yeah, a little shout out to Monty Python there (FYI – I refuse to try and weld with a herring). So I began my ‘quest’ to build more roses. These last four roses did come together a lot easier and quicker than the first three. I made a system of bending washers with the vice and hammer. By the time I was done I had developed a very nice method, which I promptly recorded on a sticky note now located somewhere in my home office (insider note – I have a sea of sticky notes in my office). And I had also nearly eliminated the issues of high-velocity airborne washers in the shop. However, these last four roses wound up completely consuming the large sized washers I had in the washer bin (still looking for my next washer fix). I actually had to scavenge several large washers from old projects to complete the roses. So with that, I knew I would not be doing roses anytime soon after I finished these – yay for me?! These roses came out much fuller than the others (not quite sure why), but they looked awesome!

I’m not sure I need to go through much of an explanation on the construction of roses in this post. I will refer you to the description a few posts ago for the extended version, and the video from last post for the audio version. The very abbreviated version is – washers (shaken, not stirred), rod-stock, washer leaves, and fake thorns. Ok, how about – I bent and TIG welded washers together and mounted the complete rose on rod-stock (yes, of varying lengths), added stem leaves (also washers) and fake thorns (TIG filler rod). Bam!

I must say that even though I enjoyed working on this request, working on a volume of the same items did get monotonous. I was very much looking forward to the freedom of creating in space and not living within the bounds of an order. Besides, I was pretty much out of washers. And since I don’t pay for materials, that necessitated the need to work with some other metals. This is not to say that I couldn’t buy metal washers, but I wanted to stick to my program (recycling scrap or junk metal). So I will leave it at that – stick to your program, respect your own values and abide by them. If you don’t have values, find some (they’re in a bin next to the washers at the hardware store). Integrity, honor – ooh-rah! Weld on!