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    Artist welder

    I am an artist welder. I generally do not weld every day.

    A lot of the welding that I do is TIG welding on 0.043" (1mm) (32 oz) copper. I have a Syncrowave 200 welder, and use pulse often. I often want my welds to disappear, so I do a lot of grinding, and produce more scrap than I would like.

    I live in Colorado, and am a retired mechanical engineer.

    Richard

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    Re: Artist welder

    Welcome to the forum!

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    Re: Artist welder

    Welcome. Post up some pictures of your work and maybe add your website or Facebook to your signature.

    There are a couple of other artists on here but I don't think many of us work with copper very much. I look forward to seeing some of your work.
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    Re: Artist welder

    OK, I added my website to my signature, and added an avatar. I included a couple of pictures of my work.

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    Re: Artist welder

    Quote Originally Posted by richardferguson View Post
    OK, I added my website to my signature, and added an avatar. I included a couple of pictures of my work.

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    Welcome and nice work!
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    Re: Artist welder


    richardferguson
    . . . aka Herr Mobius . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by richardferguson View Post
    I am an artist welder . . . so I do a lot of grinding,
    and produce more scrap than I would like.
    What is your for filler . . . ?


    Opus




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    Re: Artist welder

    Quote Originally Posted by richardferguson View Post
    I am an artist welder. I generally do not weld every day.

    A lot of the welding that I do is TIG welding on 0.043" (1mm) (32 oz) copper. I have a Syncrowave 200 welder, and use pulse often. I often want my welds to disappear, so I do a lot of grinding, and produce more scrap than I would like.

    I live in Colorado, and am a retired mechanical engineer.

    Richard
    Welcome! I used to machine a lot of anode grade copper. I was a machinist in a copper smelter & we would machine copper golf putters for retirees that were golphers, it was a TOTAL PITA when you got to the finishing/polishing stage, the anode grade copper(about 91-93% pure) it contained lots of little voids & slag spots that would show up in the process, they went to the pipe shop where the TIG artists lived, they would fill the voids I think with silbronze & back I would go to continue, the other bad part was drilling & threading the shank for the shaft to be glued in, they came out beautiful, but in our manual machine shop it would take 40-60 manhours at journeyman rate, they made for a high dollar retirement gift. Your work looks nice! What part of Co are you in, I have a daughter & family in FORT COLLINS.
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    Re: Artist welder

    Welcome from my Artistic contracting business, Ironwood Artistic. I do a lot of heavy iron doors and other architectural elements for home and office construction.

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    Re: Artist welder

    Copper is not the easiest thing to work with. I have heard that milk makes a good coolant/lubricant for machining copper, but I have never tried it. Funny story though.

    I live in Fort Collins.

    I use deoxidized copper filler, usually 1/16" rod, although I am trying out 0.045" (1 mm) Mig wire as a filler.

    Thanks to all for the greetings.

    Richard

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    My son-in-law & grandson work for Broadcom.
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