Cut, welded, and finished a good supply of hooks and ornaments this week. I had a problem with the shop door that a friend dropped by and fixed, motor now works again. Also cut out two small mermaids and finished those. Photos of process below.
The mermaids are first drawn on the 16 gauge metal with chalk then cut out with the plasma cutter and a very steady hand. The pieces are next transferred to the welding bench and the details and scales are welded on free hand, I use a wire feed, 220 volts, the pieces are cleaned up with the wire wheel and assorted kelp and see life are cut and collected and placed in the best locations and welded on, lastly another clean up and to finish a double spray each side to protect from rust. These mermaids are an affordable scaled down version of the extremely popular horizontal style at 33" with the arms forward. a few of the decorations have been braised with copper or brass and these two also have a copper wire hair detail.
A few fantastic photos of a very tame baby hummingbird that was hanging around some outdoor sculpture in the garden last week included below mermaid pics
Karen Lancey is the artist behind Metal Mermaid Welding, at home in Victoria B.C. Canada