(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.