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Kinetic stainless art: Flying Hulls [Jan. 13th, 2015|09:46 pm]
Fun With Metal! Welding is Fundemental!

gearhead69
Here is another stainless steel piece I made, this one as a commission that a wife gave to her husband for Christmas. I used a photo of their own boat to create the frame, which is 1/4" stainless. The sails and track are 1/8" stainless 308. It is all bent by hand and TIG welded.
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Rolling ball sculpture: Tillander - wall mounted, and with air plants! [Oct. 27th, 2014|08:50 pm]
Fun With Metal! Welding is Fundemental!

gearhead69
[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

This was a pretty exciting and challenging piece for me. The clients requested that I create a sculpture that would display their air plants in two terrariums. I'd never seen a rolling ball sculpture like that before, so I was pretty excited about getting the chance to create one.

It was difficult at times to route the track around the terrariums and keep the flow of the marbles both smooth and interesting. I had to rethink things a number of times and really work with track layout and spacing, but I have to say I think it turned out pretty well!

Since this is sculpture_weld: It's all 308 stainless. The main frame is 1/2" square tube. The track is all 1/8" rod. There are bits of 1/4" and 3/16" rod used for some supports where necessary. All the track is formed by hand using common hand tools plus some pieces of pipe for specific forms. It is all TIG welded. Had the Miller set at about 60 amps using a foot pedal to feather it for more or less power as needed.

Hope you enjoy this piece. It has been long in the works, and I believe it's going to make the clients quite happy. If you're considering something like this for yourself, a loved one or perhaps a business location, drop in to my rolling ball sculpture web site and shoot me a message.

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Kinetic steel sculpture: Clouded Moon [Oct. 18th, 2012|01:21 pm]
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gearhead69
[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

Less than two months have passed, and with diligent effort I have managed to complete yet another rolling ball sculpture! This one was a first for me in that it is a wall-mounted piece. Again for this one I used all stainless steel. The rods varied between 1/8" for the track, and 1/4" and 3/16" for the supports. There's also a bit of perforated sheet in there plus a piece of tubing for the track switch. It's all TIG work. Please take a look. I hope you like it.



I have an art site here: http://tomharold.com/

I post updates on my work at my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/tomharoldart
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How much steel could a wood chuck chuck... [Jul. 15th, 2014|07:51 pm]
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foxxxyben
[Current Music |You Spin Me Round - Dead or Alive]

Ok, so I've set up my milling station to hold eccentric workpieces in a turntable (I'm not going to mistake calling it a true "rotary table" since it doesn't have a crank or any kind of indexing functionality), so now I can start reworking my oscillator cam in my sickle pruner described in my previous post. First, the mill:


That's a 4-jaw independent chuck for a Harbor Freight wood lathe. I originally had big plans for making a digital dividing head with it, but that was a bit too ambitious and I needed something to work right away, and don't really need to index anything, just turn around an offset axis. It mounts with a 3/4" 10 thread, so I just drilled a hole into one side of some scrap square tubing and bolted it down with some machine bushings to let it rotate stiffly by hand. Slap it in my 2-axis vise and now I have a crude 4-axis mill. Yes, it's a HF drill press; yes, it's a drill chuck; but I managed to rig a perpendicular draw pin to slide into the 2MT tang removal slot, so it self-tightens and the runout is low enough so that I can use a larger-diameter end mill without problem and get a fairly decent finish. For prototyping purposes, it's accurate enough to get the job done.

And now, the job...

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Metalworking project updates [Jul. 6th, 2014|06:54 pm]
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foxxxyben
[Current Music |Dirty White Boy - Foreigner]

Ok, so here it is after a bit longer of a delay than I had anticipated, but I have finally made enough progress on my base metalworking project that I can start work, and soliciting feedback, on all the daughter projects. Last fall I built this:

No, not the tractor, the pointy bits attached to the front of it. That, dear readers, is a Concord grape pre-pruner. The business end is a repurposed hay sickle, made to run off a salvaged hydraulic motor with a homemade crankshaft/gearbox to make the blades reciprocate. It's attached to the front frame of my Kubota with a 3-axis (X, Y, Tilt) tool carrier I also built as my first-time welding/fabrication project. I used it this spring to prune 50 acres of Concord grapes on my family farm in a fraction of the time it used to take doing it by hand. There were quite a few bugs I had to deal with along the way, making it slower-going than it would have been error-free, but either way it's a major improvement from the previous prototype:

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How-to video: Welding rolling ball sculpture [Apr. 10th, 2014|07:28 pm]
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gearhead69
I know there hasn't been much activity around here in a long time, but this is the perfect place for me to post this video. There really aren't many/any videos on some of the particular techniques a person needs to build the sort of sculpture that I build. Rolling ball sculpture has some specific needs and requirements, and I wanted to help some folks who were trying to get a handle on these sorts of things. Below is a video I created to address the most basic of necessities for welding: the butt weld. Yes, not glamorous, but something you need all the time! Hope this helps out a few people who are just getting started. I had to figure out all of this by going to ten or twenty or fifty sources and assembling all of it myself. You? You get one video! Sweet!

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New desktop sculpture with video - "Subside-to-Side" [Feb. 22nd, 2014|04:56 pm]
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gearhead69
I've been working on a bunch of smaller pieces lately, trying to enlarge my portfolio. Here is the first video of the recently completed pieces. These are all sized for desktop use or a side table in a waiting room or home office. Like my previous steel pieces, these are done with 1/8" steel rod and use 1" marbles. I use a Miller STH 150 welder. I believe the stainless is 308 as is the filler rod. I bend it all by hand using pieces of pipe or other forms when necessary, plus a good number of common hand tools, especially Vise Grips! At the end of this video is a preview of two other completed works that should have their own videos done soon as well. There is also a fourth piece that I completed which hasn't even been recorded yet, so plenty more to come!

Comments and likes on Youtube are always appreciated. Please feel free to forward these on to your friends. Getting the word out really helps!

This community has been pretty silent, but it would be really nice to hear from some others who have been doing some work. Got anything fun in progress or newly completed? I'd love to hear about it!

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New sculpture with video - Meer-col [Dec. 9th, 2013|08:51 pm]
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gearhead69
Another one already! A friend alerted me to a call for art at the mayor's office. Sounded like a good opportunity, but I only had a few days to get the initial piece constructed. Normally I do this sort of work in a few months. Now, there was no guarantee that I'd get accepted, but I still just had to try to see what I could possibly do with such a close deadline. It took every minute of a weekend one regular weeknight and one literal all-nighter, but I got it done! In the following two or three weeks while I waited on submission results I kept working on it to get all the kinks out, which included removing one section entirely and doing it all over again. That part, the coil, turned out to be far harder than I'd imagined, but the whole thing works quite well now and is hanging in the mayor's office!

Tech details: All TIG, all stainless, 1/8" rod for track, 1/4" tubing for the frame, 1/4" rod for the legs of the frame, a mix of both autogenous and welds with fill. I did have a curiously tough time getting that frame together. I was using some spare 304 stainless for it, and it sputtered and popped badly. Any thoughts on that are appreciated. Oh, and the marbles are 1".

Enough of the details. You want to see it do all the fun stuff! So:

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Another stainless steel rolling ball sculpture completed - with video! [Nov. 6th, 2013|07:06 pm]
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gearhead69
This one has been in the works longer than intended, thanks to some health issues and a few other "life things" that slowed its progress. However, I'm happy to say that it's now complete and working quite well! It has two large spirals, dual tracks, a track splitter switch, a whole bunch of loops(yay for loops!), a tipping arm and plenty of curvy, wavy track. As this was commissioned by a dentist's office, I asked if they had any instruments they did not need. Of course, medical instruments are often made of high quality stainless, and I was able to weld several of them right to the sculpture itself. Check it out!

My welding skills continue to improve. Each time I complete one of these I find myself able to achieve more complex jobs with improving results.

If you know of anyone who would enjoy this video or my others, please pass them along, thanks!

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Large rolling ball sculpture "Opportunity" completed [Jun. 21st, 2013|09:37 pm]
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gearhead69
This is a bit of a notable occasion. There have been several times that I've posted here with photos of my progress in learning to weld and moving forward with my TIG welding skills designing and creating kinetic art. After all this posting, I finally have the completed piece to present, the piece that has occupied so much of my free time for the past year and a half! It measures over 52" tall, 33" wide, and 11" deep. The 1-inch glass marbles are carried to the top via an electrically driven chain lift. Not only does it have over 52 feet of wavy, curvy, twisty track made of 1/8" steel rod, but there are also four tone-emitting ball drops, a chime two spirals, a coil and three 360-degree loops! Check it out and let me know what you think. All questions and comments are welcome.

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