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Garden Art

08-23-2009, 11:02 PM
This is a simple welding project, but all I have been doing lately, no big projects.

My wife makes fused glass art and jewlery. She wanted to be able to put some of it in the yard, and was searching around for posts, stands, etc to mount her work on. I told here I could make some stanless stands that would last forever. Now she just hands me the size she needs and I build her a stand:

http://www.longevity-inc.com/forum/gallery/files/1/1/8/1/temp07.03_002.jpg (http://www.longevity-inc.com/forum/gallery/showimage.php?i=16&c=3)

The wire wrap and chain are nickel, so they hold up well in our wet weather.

08-23-2009, 11:15 PM
Looks good!! No welding project is to small!

08-24-2009, 05:55 AM
Nice frame and yard art too. Thanks for sharing.

08-24-2009, 08:59 AM
Nice work.
Doing projects for the wife or significant other is always good. It helps with the "why do you need a welder any way" questions.

08-24-2009, 09:27 AM
Thanks guys. She wants to do more metal and mixed metal/glass projects so I think I can easily get the plasma cutter in as "required" equipment now.

08-24-2009, 09:55 AM
BearnPum nice stand.
The fused glass art and jewlery sounds/looks cool.
Nice work, quite creative.

08-24-2009, 03:41 PM
ooooo aaaaaaah! I've been wanting to try that for a few years now but haven't. I have access to a kiln and stained glass glass. I hope you post more of these.

08-24-2009, 04:30 PM
Nice garden piece. Thank you for sharing.

08-24-2009, 04:31 PM
Great way to "support" your wife's endeavors!

08-26-2009, 09:31 PM
I will put more pics up soon. My wife and a friend of hers did some other yard art (all metal) a few weeks ago, and they are going to do another piece on Labor Day weekend. I will get some pics of that work. We also have a couple metal birds on the patio made by another lady in the area, I will get those pics also.

12-28-2009, 07:23 PM
Looks awesome!!! How do you get the glass to adhere to the metal I guess in a kiln. I am not the artistic my brother is but that looks great!!!!!

12-28-2009, 10:50 PM
You use a nichrome wire (that won't melt in the kiln), and sandwich it between glass layers before fusing the glass in the kiln. Kiln glass is made with 2 or more layers of glass, each 1/8" thick. Melted art glass likes to be 1/4" thick, so one layer will try to pull up to 1/4", 2 layers sit happily, and 3 layers will spread out.

12-29-2009, 05:17 PM
wow thats neat its like a form of stained glass!!! I would be going to the hospital if i had to work with and kiln and i am sure that stuff gets red hot haha