Adding Texture With a Welder – Kevin Caron

Adding Texture With a Welder – Kevin Caron


(Text on screen): Adding Texture with a Welder, Kevin Caron, www.kevincaron.com The Voice: Hey, Kevin. What are you doing and what are you doing it to? Kevin Caron: Wiping my spider’s butt. This is a little. . . Well, not little, but this is a spider I just finished. Aargh! When they made these balls (these are those spun metal balls that I use), there’s a coating of oil on them. Not only for the process where they make them, but also just to keep them from rusting in shipping and what have you. So, I’ve got to to clean that oil off before I weld them. Otherwise, the weld turns out all ugly. So, just a little bit of carburetor spray (we’re going to get that out of here in a minute), clean all the oil off of it. Now we’re going to do something different with the Miller MIG welder over here. We’re going to use it like a texture gun and give that hard, smooth surface a texture, instead of just making a weld; putting two things together. Watch this. So, I set my Miller up, turned the voltage way, way down. Turned the wire feed way up. And then you’ve just got to come back over here to your piece and just go at it. Just move that torch around. Just let it hop and skip and pop and put your leathers on, because this stuff just goes everywhere when I do this. Look down here; watch this. (welding for texture) Kevin Caron: See, it kind of makes it look like hair. You do it enough, you build it up a little bit, you can make patterns in it. You can make, you know, high spots and low spots out of it. So, I just; I’m going to go all over the top of this thing and just cover it with that texture, just to kind of make it look like it’s a little hairy, so it kind of looks like it’s hairy like the legs. I might even run up the legs a little bit and do it over there, too. I’ll show you a picture when it’s all done. Watch your eyes. (welding for texture) The Voice: What are you adjusting on the welder? Kevin Caron: Well, I turned the wire feed down just a little bit. Just to kind of vary the pattern a little, just to see how it works out. Remember, I’m self-taught in all this. So, I learned every time I turned the machine on. I sit there and play with it and try this setting and that setting. That’s what it’s all about. Watch your eyes. (welding for texture) Kevin Caron: Oh, Jeez! Moley Coaly arachnid guy. So, that’s what it looks like. Rough texture (that’s kind of warm still), hides that nice, smooth surface. Gives it a little bit of character. And just hit it with your gun. Just spray it on there. Well, he’s about ready (she; I’m sorry); she is about ready to go out to get a little brushed patina put on her. So, it’s getting hot here. I’m going to get out of these leathers. We’ll see you next time. (Text on screen): Subscribe to See More Videos! See and hear more at KevinCaron.com.

22 thoughts on “Adding Texture With a Welder – Kevin Caron

  1. I have not noticed any distortion from this method. Because I move the gun so fast I don't think there is much heat build up. I did try it on one of the legs and it stayed in place.
    Not sure on hollow tubing. The leg rod is solid and the ball is about 1/8 wall.
    What the heck, give it a try and post up the answer here please. I would love to know also.

  2. Awesome!! Glad it worked out for you. Just remember where you got the idea from. When you are big and famous made sure you spell my name right ok??

  3. Thanks! The ball is a spun metal ball. It is hollow and you can find them on the net. I get mine from the local metal yard. Just make sure you are sitting down for the price. They are kind of pricey. As for making a baseball out of one…. Why not? Just make sure you have a really big bat. The 6 inch ball weights in around 5 lbs.

  4. My pleasure. It is fun to make these videos. Even more to get all the comments about them.

    Check back often, We update about once a week.

  5. Ah, so I've been texturizing all this time and not welding. Now you tell me. 🙂

    As usual, you're inspiring me. This time to "play" with my little red MIG more varying the settings, etc. to see what happens as opposed to looking for "the" settings. Thanks!

    Wow! Very cool results, too.

  6. @lawnguys2 Thanks! Have you seen the rest of my videos?

    Don't forget to stop by my site and check out the rest of my work.

  7. Kevin. Where do you get the steel spheres from? I would like to make a similar item as a garden ornament. Hope you don't mind me copying your design, it looks great. Thanks.

  8. look for spun metal balls. I found them at my local steel yard. You can copy my design just no selling please..

  9. Be wary of using carburetor spray and especially Brake Kleen for cleaning before welding. The chemicals are now known to cause deadly serious problems with your health. Denatured alcohol and acetone are a tiny bit safer. Remember acetone is used in nail polish remover.

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