This is the latest addition to my tool collection. Best part is I made it. Most if not all the steel was scrap and drop cuts. This contribution significantly reduced cost. It’s not pretty but has significantly more bending leverage than many of the imported brakes I could have purchased.
Bends made in Different Thicknesses of Steel
From left to right, bends made in 14 gauge, 16 gauge, and 18 gauge steel. Most smaller hobbyists brakes can only handle 18 gauge maximum. If I carved a groove with a grinder at bend, I have no doubt I could bend 12 gauge or even 1/8″ plate if need be. But I feel those thicknesses will be better handled with a home made rig driven by a 20 hydraulic press.
Brake Easily Stores
Although I originally intended to permanently fasten to a benchtop. I decided that I like storing it by leaning out of the way.
If your decor needs a retro 1970’s style addition, then look no further than this mid century starburst key holder. It was hand braze welded with an oxygen acetylene torch and is largely made up of masonry square cut nails. The filler metal used was bare bronze brazing alloy. A paste flux was used to prevent oxidation during heating.
Brazed Masonry Nail Starburst
The second image captures a more closeup perspective of the functional art. You will notice how the shiny bronze joints set themselves as quite a contrast to the gray steel near them. Although this key holder may be considerably larger than my other key holders, I am quite pleased with this creation and I feel it is still quite comfortable to fit in any home or office.
After the recent sale of the key holder me and my family have used for the last few years, I felt the pressure to replace it. I immediately thought of a steampunk theme. It is the driving force force for me to acquire steel gears from surplus sources.
This industrial chic steampunk key holder pretty much came together as I imagined it. I first arc welded the gears in what I thought was an interesting pattern. Then cut a square steel bar I had handy then I hand formed my hooks. I maintained an imperfect natural steel finish to add to the industrial chic charm. This key holder could work in a number of decor settings. It could perfectly fit in with a vintage country cottage or an ultramodern contemporary work space. The possibilities are endless.
This brilliant iridescent blue three cube contemporary metal sculpture my latest creation. It consist of three different sized cubes made from 1/8″ steel plate welded in 3D hollow forms with an oxygen acetylene torch. You can read more about the process here. It does take practice to do this efficiently. It is a combination of choosing right welding tip size for optimum heat output as well as the correct travel speed to minimize warping the hollow forms.
This sculpture was carefully assembled to get the most of the angles and perspectives available. To add to the bold arrangement of three dimensional shapes, a pearl blue mica paint job was applied to the cubes. This helps to accentuate the dimensional qualities of the piece. To elevate the cubes, a stand was created with 1/4″ thick steel plate and a 5/8″ round rod. This stand is painted gloss black so the iridescent pearl blue cubes are able to stand out more.
This is a recent addition to my Etsy shop. It is a hand welded minimalist modern sculpture. The white and black paint contrast with each other giving the composition dimension and presence. Also. these colors match many decor schemes making for a minimalist yet bold statement. There is red accents to attract attention and focus. The paint is a spray lacquer paint that dries quickly but leaves a hard durable coating. The crossing geometric lines provide depth and volume. The round shapes and holes break up the otherwise rectangular theme.
While going through some left over plasma cutter steel plate, I also grabbed a handful of miscellaneous lengths of round bars and went to work with my oxygen acetylene torch. What I came up with is an artwork that is capable of resting and standing in any position that is imagined.
Torch Perforations For Affect
I also used the torch to intentionally melt holes through some of the steel. It makes it look more interesting and raw. This sculpture could be placed on a lighted pedestal in such a fashion to allow the light to permeate the perforations to cast beautiful shadows.
Over the weekend,I was celebrating the arrival of spring weather by creating a new brazed nail wall panel. It consist of seven stars handmade along with for hemispherical steel caps to add interest to the piece. No electric welding was used everything was done with her Oxygen acetylene torch.
Dimensional Metal Wall Art With Natural Brushed Steel Finish
This composition is of moderate size at about 17 inches in height and 14 inches wide and is about 2 inches deep when mounted on the wall. I called it star-spangled nail wall panel and it could be found on my Etsy shop.