Getting Excited by a Spot Welder

Having spent a year on an art and design foundation course I was not impressed to hear that my 3 year degree course consists of workshops in the 1st year, that are mandatory, according to the tutor. “What will I learn ?” I ask myself. I have dabbled and played with just about every medium possible. In came our new metals tutor. He introduced himself and states he has no formal education and is completely self taught, so this is what I am paying £9000 a year for huh! Just when I was about to have an invisible hissy fit, out came the spot welder. Its genius, sparks fly of it and it pieces together bits of steel. The tutor was great, everything I needed to know he could answer, he explained all the various different metals and how they interact with each other. Where to buy best metals etc.

In these workshops I have made a wire 2d tree, which I am going to use as a template for fabric. Airbrush some fabric dye onto a t shirt and create a cool design:

2d steel tree

2d steel tree

I also got a bit carried away with the spot welder and made a full size metal top hat. It has no purpose as yet but I am sure throughout my year it will be used for something.

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The copper mesh is an idea that I need to blog for future progress on this piece.

I am sure there will be more to come with the metal work, think I am addicted to the sparks.

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