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  • Critters And Recycled Art

    Well, figured I may as well post up a few of my creations. My welds aren't real great, but I'm learning as I go. All materials are mainly recycled bicycles, busted wrenches and assorted tools, old silverware and kitchen utensils.

    Machine :
    - 110v 90-amp MIG fluxcore wirefeeder
    Other tools used:
    - 4" grinder with cutoff wheel and grinding/flapwheel discs
    - 3" bench grinder/polisher
    - Cordless drill with wire wheels
    - Metal nippers

    Peace And Love:
    20" bike rim, wrenches, bendix gear sliced in half.

    Zia (New Mexico sun - I know, I know, four bars instead of three):
    12" bicycle rim, bars are from rear triangle of bicycle frames.

    Eye of Horus:
    12" "eye", 1/2 of 27" front fork, all other pieces are 26" and 27" bicycle rims.

    Under-cabinet-mounted mug holder, electrical panel cover, needlenose pliers, spike is from a meat tenderizer.

    Fred, my rusty rattlesnake and shop mascot:
    Chain body, serving spoon head, screws for fangs, fondue fork tongue, washers and bearings for eyes. Still a little rough, needs some cleanup.

    Fred's little brother, George:
    Bicycle chain body, washer for head, spring tail, eyes and tongue are extra links from chain.

    Monkey wrench body, 1/2" wrenches for legs and feet, 1/4" wrench arms, bicycle chain down spine.

    Rusty roadrunner:
    GM wrench body, fireplace poker head, rear tubes of bicycle frame for legs and feet, spatula cut in half for wings, tail made from garden gate hinge minus center barrel.

    Dual Purpose Tailgater Silverware:
    'Nuff said.

    Celtic Tr-Knot:
    27" bicycle rims.

    iPod belt Buckle:
    2" square tube, box hinge.

    The Rose:
    Tablespoons, rod from hanging file, petals are handles from tablespoons:

    More pictures of all of the above can be found here:
    (Note: Sculptures on front page are not mine - those are from artists here in Tucson. I thought they were pretty cool, so I wanted to share them with everyone.)

  • #2
    I enjoyed looking at your pictures on photobucket. I always enjoy looking at artwork where welding is used as the art medium. I like how you used the spoons to create the rose.
    Welding seems to be under rated as an art medium which seems strange when you consider all the things you can make welding. As an art medium, welding allows you do make things that cannot be duplicated in other mediums. If you enjoy looking at pictures of welded artwork, check out my pictures at Flickr: If you want additional information check out my web site:


    • #3
      Great work on those! Your little tophatted guys are hysterical - thank you for the links. Those kinetic sculptures are VERY interesting, as well. I might have to try building a couple of those myself.

      I agree about welding being a seldom-used medium for artistic pieces. You just can't get the same three-dimensional aspect in other art forms, not to mention durability and strength, that you can with welding. I mostly use recycled metal - bicycles, car parts, bed frames, broken tools .... the kind of junk people would just throw on the curb on trash day - and really try to think about what this could turn into, what can I make from this that would be interesting and kinda cool? Sometimes I see something someone else has done, and I think about how can I possibly do that, putting my own twist on it. A rusty monkey wrench and a couple of broken 1/2" wrenches beome a dinosaur. Old bicycle rims become a twisted Celtic knot, or the framework for a spider. Silverware becomes roses and dragonflies. Pliers become claws for lobsters, crabs, and scorpions. There's a LOT of things that can be done with recycled metals ... once you see it in your mind, you can build it.

      I've also used my welding skills to build a couple of custom pieces for one of my pocketbikes. You can check that out on my PhotoBucket thread in "The Rat" folder. Not too many people I know of have a chain guard made out of wrenches or a brass knuckle fender.
      Last edited by SpyGuy; 08-09-2009, 03:46 PM.


      • #4
        I am glad you like the pictures of my artwork. If you like to make art from discarded items, you might enjoy looking at some of Flickr Groups. It may take a while to figure out how to negotiate your way through Flickr. The links I would recommend are
        Junk Art
        The Recycled Art Pool[email protected]/
        Junk and Scrap Art[email protected]/


        • #5
          Nice work SpyGuy,

          Also nice work to Zann,

          You both have great ability and talent. I sure wish I could think these things up on my own.

          Zann, do you mind if I use your idea of the duck mailbox? For personal use only. I really like that one.

          Miller 211 A.S. and Spoolmate 100
          Stickmate LX 235 AC / 160 DC.
          Clarke 180 EN Just in case
          Spectrum 375 X-Treme.
          O/A Medium Radnor Torch, Large Victor Torch.
          Milwaukee 14" Chop Saw.
          4 x 6 Horizontal Band Saw.
          Rockworth 80 Gallon 2 Stage 16 SCFM @ 175 PSI , 15 SCFM @ 90 PSI.
          Jackson Passive shade #5 for the plasma.
          I almost forgot the Hobart XVP AD Hood.

          Projects and Misc Albums
 Feel Free to Have a Look ( Just keep in mind I am an amateur )


          • #6
            well well well


            • #7
              Good links there, thanks. Going to check those out, see if I can get any good ideas - I see several already ....

              The latest versions of the teaspoon/tablespoon roses have barbed wire as the "stems." Can't be a rose without thorns, eh?

              Tom, remember these words: "If you can imagine it, you can build it." Burn those into a sheet of metal, and put it over your workbench - it's true. That's one of the great things about welding - you can make all sorts of cool stuff, from functional items like chairs, tables, and bedframes, to artsy stuff like this, to automotive and structural items like car frames and building framework. All you need is the materials, time, and obviously experience with a welding rig. (Decent weather helps, too - not pleasant welding in triple-digit heat ....)

              Just to give you an example of "fun and unusual" artistic welding, some guy here in Arizona (Phoenix, actually) built a 1950's style flying saucer. Yes, you read that right - a Unidentified Flying Object - out of sheet metal, expanded mesh, and odd bits and pieces he had laying around. Pretty cool little thing - you could climb up inside it, had enough room for about four or five people to sit down inside. He was selling it used on craigslist -"Only 300 million galactic miles!" - about six months ago. (I'll see if I can find the ad - I know it made the "best of" list.) Thing is, he took everyday items, like hubcaps, sheet metal, pipes and tubing, and made them into something fun and unique. You can do this, too. The only real limitations are the cost of materials (I use recycled materials whenever possible) and your imagination.


              • #8
                Found it! Check this out ......


                • #9
                  Feel free to make anything you like. I decided to put everything out on the web so other people can have fun making it. Being able to weld allows you to make fun and unique things. Hopefully my artwork inspires you to try new things. Feel free to share the web site with other people ( ).

                  It would be fun to see how your mailbox turns out. The Miller Welding Forum is great way to share pictures with people who enjoy welding. Pictures of the mailbox in progress along with any comments or suggestions would also be fun to see.


                  • #10
                    Here's a little scorpion I made some time back out of a J-bolt.

                    Just because you have one, doesn't mean you have to act like one.

                    Miller 212
                    Hobart 135
                    Miller 375 X-treme
                    Really antique Sears Arc N Spark
                    O/A Torch Setup


                    • #11
                      Thanks for finding the link SpyGuy.

                      Only thing here is I would not have to wait for the city to complain about it, My wife would take care of that.

                      Very cool scorpion Purplewg.

                      Thank You Zann,

                      I will start a new thread for the mailbox. So far it has been a really fun project, its just alot more work then it looks like.


                      Miller 211 A.S. and Spoolmate 100
                      Stickmate LX 235 AC / 160 DC.
                      Clarke 180 EN Just in case
                      Spectrum 375 X-Treme.
                      O/A Medium Radnor Torch, Large Victor Torch.
                      Milwaukee 14" Chop Saw.
                      4 x 6 Horizontal Band Saw.
                      Rockworth 80 Gallon 2 Stage 16 SCFM @ 175 PSI , 15 SCFM @ 90 PSI.
                      Jackson Passive shade #5 for the plasma.
                      I almost forgot the Hobart XVP AD Hood.

                      Projects and Misc Albums
             Feel Free to Have a Look ( Just keep in mind I am an amateur )


                      • #12
                        Been a while since I've posted anything in this thread, so I figured i'd show up with a couple more.

                        Big Spider:
                        Various bicycle rims, stand is two sets of mountain bike handlebars with angle iron for a crossbar over a 26" rim.
                        Hiding in the bushes outside my front window:

                        "Brass knuckle" fender for my pocketbike. (Okay, I lied - it's not really brass.)
                        Four box-end wrenches (l-r: 5/8", 11/16", 5/8", 9/16"), rear bar is 9/16" handle, bracket to forks are gate hinge.

                        Wrench chain guard on the same bike:
                        Old flat-bar style wrenches, trimmed and welded together. That's a 19mm/22mm wrench from a Yamaha tool kit on the top.

                        And for those of you who are wondering about the bike itself ....:
                        Link to the full build on


                        • #13
                          Well, finished up a couple more critters today. Not sure which welding forum gave me the idea for them, but being the appreciative soul I am, I wanted to honor those people by trying my own hand at their creations. (In other words, I blatantly stole their ideas, and built 'em myself! ) Seriously though, I thought the ideas were pretty cool, and since I had the parts and pieces .....

                          Gobble, gobble - a couple of turkeys made from sawblades, horseshoe nails, pliers, and some assorted nuts and bolts:

                          And an armadillo made from horseshoes. The tail and head are part of an old bicycle kickstand, with nuts for feet, eyes, and ears: