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Quarterly Project: Welding Is Definitely NOT Sexy

This past Sunday was my second welding class – and we got to do a bit of welding finally! I’m definitely not having the same awesome “fish in water” experience with this as I typically do with most artsy things. A little frustrating to not feel like comfortable as quickly as with drawing or photography – but we’ve all got things that don’t come naturally for us! So I’m having fun realizing that my vision of being this sexy welding chick is not exactly fitting into reality…

Yup. That is me. And I look like man. Lord almighty, welding is definitely not very flattering, particularly when it’s cold outside and you have no choice but to wear a 3XL leather welding jacket in which you can barely bend your arms enough to do the welding. I went to buy some leather work boots yesterday –  an area of women’s clothing that could really use some help. They make my feet look so immense that I look like Meg from Family Guy. Despite my disappointments in being able to retain a ladylike appearance in any form, I did grow up a tomboy – so really I quickly forget about all that and am suddenly lost in learning this cool new process!

Oh yes, and that helmet? You can’t see anything (and I mean anything) through those things until you make a few sparks – so it’s pretty impossible to actually weld where you planned on.

In the shot above I’m doing some MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding – which is essentially like a big hot glue gun. There is a piece of steel wire that runs through it, and when you hit a button on the nozzle it comes out and uses an electrical current or arc to melt the steel onto your metal surface. Pretty neat stuff! It took me some practice to figure out how to comfortably hold the nozzle and all, but after a short bit I started to get the hang of it.


(Instructor and one of the other classmates doing some stick welding)

We were introduced to stick welding too – which made me a little nervous. You use two giant positive/negative clamps like you’d use to jump your car. One clamp attaches to the metal table you’re working on and the other will hold a stick of steel that you weld with. Yeah… this just sounded like a bad idea to me. Alas, I did try it – and sucked pretty bad at it – but proud of myself anyway! Really hoping I can do most of my welding with the MIG welder though!

We’ll be starting our first projects in the next week or two. Right now, I’m thinking of making a truck bed extension for Andrew’s truck, so that we can more securely transport both of our kayaks this summer! It’s a pretty basic construction, just an L-shaped piece that fits into the trailor hitch with a bracket or bar on the other end to hold the kayaks. I’m a little nervous about making something functional – but going to give it a shot! Very excited!!

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. We don’t know each other, but it’s sort of inspiring that you’re finding ways to follow through on ideas that you have. I should probably pay attention and try something like that myself.

    Also, I remember my buddy showing me his auto-darkening welding helmet – that way you can see what you’re doing AND not go blind. Google: “auto darkening welding helmets”. Good luck!

    Friday, February 3, 2012
    • Thanks for the tip Mike! I will look into those – would definitely help! And thanks for stopping by my blog! =)

      Monday, February 6, 2012
  2. This is great. I hope to try this one in the future.=D

    Sunday, February 5, 2012
  3. I just want to tell you that I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I think you have a great blog. To learn more about the award have a look at my post: 15 Great Blogs.

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012
    • Thank you Munchow – my first award ever! I am so honored – and love this idea. What a great way to share a little about ourselves and also share some great blogs with each other! Thanks so much, I will be making my Versatile Blogger post very soon sir – and look forward to following along with your blog now too! =)

      Thursday, February 23, 2012
  4. I sent you an award for your blog…I enjoy it.

    Monday, February 13, 2012

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