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    Antenae are 1/16" welding rod and the legs are wire that steel is bundled with from my supplier.

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    I have a lot of sections of old aluminum scuba tanks. I usually use the pieces to make wall art and various sculptures. I wanted to try something different so I decided to make an an abstract piece that will go into a gas fireplace. I have seen them made with steel rings, triangles, city scapes and other designs.

    I know aluminum melts at 1200 degrees or so. From what I can find online, a typical gas fireplace does not burn that hot.

    I will give this to a friend next week so he can put it in his fireplace and test it out and take some pics for me. I made a mock up of his fireplace using pieces of cardboard to make sure it would fit and see how it would look. I have a wood burning insert in my fireplace so I can't try it out.

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    I was asked to make a larger version of an existing sculpture that won an award at a local art show. The smaller one is about 24 inches tall. This one is about 43 inches tall.

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    I finished the welding portion of a new bell stand. I will use acid to remove the mill scale and allow it to speed rust. I also need to weld a ring on a cylinder. I was testing out various cylinders for looks and sounds.

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    That will hold it for sure!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinacaron View Post
    That will hold it for sure!!!
    Thanks Kevin. I used 1/4" plate for the whole thing so it is pretty beefy. I probably could have gotten away with using 1/8" plate for the upright but was worried about wobble.
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    Wow PSA, that looks great, really nice.

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    That's your best yet!!! Like the shorter stubbier cylinder better than the more slender cylinder paired with it. Really nice. That won't last long in inventory.
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    Thanks Bob and EQ.

    EQ, the short, fat cylinder that is already rusted doesn't have that great of a sound. Or at least not as good as I would have thought. I used a standard argon/CO2 bottle and it has a much better sound and resonance.

    A little bit of acid and some rain yesterday and the bell now looks like this

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    I like it even better with a rusty patina. Any way you can change out the "hangie" thing inside the cylinder to try for a sound that's more appealing to you? The cylinder hanging in it right now is perfectly balanced to the eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Equilibrium View Post
    I like it even better with a rusty patina. Any way you can change out the "hangie" thing inside the cylinder to try for a sound that's more appealing to you? The cylinder hanging in it right now is perfectly balanced to the eye.
    Right now there is nothing inside it to act as a clapper or ringer. It is set up as a gong. You can strike it with a mallet or my special "baseball on a stick" and produce a really nice sound. I welded an eye inside it at the top so I can add a string and a clapper. I tested it out with a metal disc and that also produced a nice sound. I can then add a sail or wind catcher under the clapper so it is turned into a wind chime.
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    You've got lots of good ideas on how to end up with the "sound" you want. You always have good ideas. Wish there was an easy way you could record the different sounds but.... it's not worth joining YouTube to do that let alone your time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Equilibrium View Post
    You've got lots of good ideas on how to end up with the "sound" you want. You always have good ideas. Wish there was an easy way you could record the different sounds but.... it's not worth joining YouTube to do that let alone your time.
    I do have a YouTube account. Whenever I make a bell and post it on another site to sell it I make a video of the bell and it's sound so the buyer can see and hear the bell before purchase. I was going to make a video of this one tomorrow.
    I also have another short but fat cylinder I am turning into a bell. It sounds much better than the one you saw.

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    Ohhhhh.... post a link to the YouTube after you put it up please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Equilibrium View Post
    Ohhhhh.... post a link to the YouTube after you put it up please.
    Here is a video of the bell using a standard welding cylinder like the one pictured above. This was the grey cylinder with the "X" on it in post 501. You can hear it at 53 seconds or so.

    I also made a bell using some of the short but fat and red colored 10.5 inch cylinders that I showed several months ago. You can see them in the pic in post 501.This cylinder has a 7/16" wall thickness and has a concave bottom and not the rounded bottom CNG bottles. I have not found another cylinder like that and it sounds really good. You can hear that cylinder at 3:25.

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    I have a lot of random steel beams. I don't know anyone who want's to buy steel art work.

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    So, that's what you look like. Just about what I thought, old and grizzled. Some times people don't look like what you had in your mind that they would.

    The bells sound great, thanks for the video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    So, that's what you look like. Just about what I thought, old and grizzled. Some times people don't look like what you had in your mind that they would.

    The bells sound great, thanks for the video.
    Ha. That's my winter look. I stop shaving my beard around October and don't shave again until March or so but at the same time I shave my head in Oct or so and then let my hair grow. Between that and all the warm clothes I was wearing I look like a bum.
    Once the spring and summer roll around and I am dealing with the public more I try to look more presentable.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 69sa200 View Post
    I have a lot of random steel beams. I don't know anyone who want's to buy steel art work.
    That is the main purpose of advertising on say Facebook, Twitter, Swop Meets, CL, Magazine adds etc etc etc. Advertising can draw interested buyers.
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    Here's a spider I made today. It is to be used in a gate with spider webs in it that I'm supposed to build some time in the future. Body is a 1/2" round picket collar from King's and the legs are horse shoe nails.
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    Nice spider Bob !!
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    The spider looks great. Is the body cast metal and did you have to braze the legs to it or did you just do a quick MIG bead?

    Any pics of the head/fangs?
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    Here is the body. It;s forged steel and costs $1.27 each. http://www.kingmetals.com/Catalog/It...ilId=200&NSM=Y

    It was migged together. Here's a better picture.
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    Neat lookimg spider. That will make a heck of a back scratcher .

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    This caption thing was made out of pieces from aluminum 80 scuba tanks. The idea is you can use it as a frame for some kind of saying or place it over a portrait as if they are saying it.

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