Do It Yourself: MIG Welding Sunflower Yard Art

Do It Yourself: MIG Welding Sunflower Yard Art


– Hi, I’m Joel Ort with
Hobart Welding Products. Today, we have a simple
project for you to make. It’s some yard art. We’re gonna be making a sunflower, and for this project, we only
need two pieces of material. I have a two foot by three foot piece of sixteen gauge sheet stock, and then a three eighths
inch rod for the stem. The two products we’re gonna use are the Hobart Airforce 12ci plasma cutter. It’s rated for one eighth
inch cutting capacity. With that product,
we’re gonna be using the circle guide cutter, so
that’ll be fun to use today. We also have the Hobart
Handler 100, a flux core only wire feed welder rated for up to three sixteenths of an inch. We have all the materials we need here. Let’s go ahead and get
started on our project. I have the sheet metal
raised up on some tubing so that when I cut, the piece
will just land on the table. It also saves the surface of the table from the plasma cutter,
and I can do everything at this nice height. I attach the circle cutting guide. I also put the standoff guide,
which comes with the machine, and I just need to change
my safety glasses over, and we’ll be ready to cut. (whirring) So we have all the cutting
of the sheet metal done. The next thing I did after
that was I took a hammer and just kind of pounded out the center of the sunflower here. You can see there’s some
dimples, and I wanted to give it a little bit of a contour
so it would bulge out from the flower itself
when you’re looking at it. And then the little
dimples and dings in there kind of make it look like
the seeds of the sunflower. So our next step from there
will be to take all the petals and I’ll arrange them around the outside and we’ll weld them on
like this and maybe I’ll bend them a little bit or
something after they’re on there, but we’ll weld them on
first and see how it looks. (sparking) So we have the petals
welded to the center. The one thing I did do with the petals was using my table as a brace. I kind of bent the tips
of each one of these up, just so that they’re not flat. Gives them a little more
character, I guess, to bend ’em. So the next step is going
to be to take the metal rod and what I’d like to do is bend it over this piece of pipe here, just
to give it a little bit of a curve, little curve to it,
instead of being straight, and then we’ll weld probably
two, maybe three of these petals onto the rod. That’ll be like the leaves on the stem, and then this project will be finished. So we have the rod bent to make our stem. Just put a couple little curves in it, straighten the ends out so
when it’s in the ground, it’ll actually sit straight,
even though you’ve got the nice bend in. So I’m gonna go ahead and I’m
gonna weld the sunflower head to the top here. I’ll take a couple more leaves
and somewhere through here, sporadically, put two or three, and then you will have a couple sunflower that you can put out in your garden. (sparking) So here we have our sunflower
project all completed. Once again, with these
projects, make ’em your own. You can take it from
here, you can paint this, you can rust this, stick it
in the yard just like it is, make multiple sunflowers,
put ’em together, whatever you’d like to do. But for this project and more, please visit HobartWelders.com.

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