Welding art, like all art, is intensely personal and self expressive; always utterly unique. For these reasons there can be no hard and fast rules as to design. The only rules come in the welding techniques used and their suitability to the materials and structure of the artwork.
Designs can range from the most delicate filigree to highly creative compositions of metal junk to enormous metal sculptures.
Possibly the most frequently seen welding art is in home gardens: metal birds (and other animals) set in amongst the plants, and intricately wrought gates, fences and pergolas. As you can imagine, welding art is an almost limitless medium that tends to lend itself to the more abstract styles.
Apart from welding, metal art can be achieved by using techniques such as beating out with a hammer, milling, casting, cutting, grinding, brazing and soldering. Although art appreciation is a personal choice, I have included a few pieces that I really like.
The images above are scrap metal art that Mike Phillips from Collinsville OK created. Mike is a subscriber of ours and he submitted these pictures to us on our Fan Page. Here's what he has to say about his welding art: "It started cause my brothers fireplace grate burned through. I said I'll make you one. Being him and his wife are so involved with the church, I cut the crosses out. Then I bought a plasma. Dead trees, leftover construction materials, etc accents the steel. It's all scrap. Bought some calf hide for one, that's it!"
Here are metal wall art items
that have a fragility that blends with a strong, positive presence.
Some are muted and seriously beautiful, and some are colorful fun
Here is a really interesting piece. It is detailed and fairly realistic, but has just that fantasy touch to lift it from being 'just a model of a bike' to an artwork. One could visualize a ghost from the past flying through the air on it.
These pieces look as though they grew as they went along. Rather like a dream. They evolve as the imagination takes over from reality.
The work of Fedrick Nkulekelo Ndlovu blows me away. Unfortunately his site is gone. But he has the gift of capturing tension and movement in one of the most angular and unyielding media - welded metal.
But then there is the artwork by subscribers to our free welding and metalwork newsletter (upper right corner of this site). We just recently starting receiving project submissions on our welding projects page, and a few of them are true pieces of art.
If you need to make a living out of
your metalworking art, you need to become known. Get a 'shop window'.
The internet is certainly one outlet. So are exhibitions and art
markets. If your artwork fits a certain theme or falls into a category
(for instance, Gothic, contemporary, minimalist, or country) you might
try approaching similar types of interior decorators and furniture
markets to display wall panels, sculptures and other exhibits suitable
Garden centers and landscapers are always looking for outdoor artwork to provide focal points to and show off their designs. These last two outlets will probably place your exhibits in environments that enhance them and give a good impression to would-be buyers.
For instance, the 1959 Panhead welding art in one of the metal art examples above would probably cause a sensation at a really classy auto show. These may seem simple starting points, but as all artists know, if you are not known, no-one will seek you out.
Do you have metalwork art or welding art you want to share? Just post it below (please no advertising).
Are you working on a welding or metalworking art project? Have you finished it up yet? Share it!
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