How did he get these colors in his welds?
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    How did he get these colors in his welds?

    Found this on Pinterest and I'm assuming the art has been tigged. But how did he get those colors and control where they went?
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    Re: How did he get these colors in his welds?

    Heat and penetration.


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    Re: How did he get these colors in his welds?

    If you wash over stainless without adding wire you will get those colors.

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    Re: How did he get these colors in his welds?

    The color comes from oxygen reacting with the the metal surface when the surface is still hot. This can happen accidentally by allowing air to contaminate the shielding gas while welding.

    I think TimmyTIG is right. The artist heated the material using a TIG torch, without adding filler metal, and allowed some air to contact the metal while it was still hot. The temperature of the base metal determines the color of the oxide film formed.

    There are some artists doing this with Titanium to make some wild colors on jewelry.
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    Re: How did he get these colors in his welds?

    That little guy at the bottom is sweet, any idea how much they go for, a Hundo maybe?

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    Re: How did he get these colors in his welds?

    Very interesting. So he probably completely built the piece first, then used the torch here and there at different temperatures.

    If heat determines the color, how did he go from base metal to yellow,orange,red in one place and then in another place go from base metal to light blue then dark blue? I'm wondering if he applied some sort of coating that changed the color sequence.

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    Re: How did he get these colors in his welds?

    At the start of the bead where the metal is the coolest, you get a platinum like or silver color. As the metal heats up, the color changes to blue. It all depends on the temp of the base metal what color you get.

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    Re: How did he get these colors in his welds?

    One might get one of those little tiny Smith O/A torches (Little Torch) just to put the finishing touches on an art piece. Might be a little easier to see and control color. Just a thought.

    I'm still trying to figure out this guy's technique for a finely crafted art piece.

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