Welded Metal Art
by Dan Delcollo

Coelacanth (March 2008)

The Coelacanth project was the union of several ideas that had been rolling around inside my head for a while.  I really enjoy working with heavy steel, but wanted to branch out into thinner material with the hopes that someday I would be able to bring my work home instead of always relying on school welding lab equipment.  I wanted to do a project based on sheet metal, and decided that by using a papercraft model as a guide I could make the Coelacanth.  The material is 22ga steel, cut with a plasma torch and gas welded.  The finish was oxidized using the torch and then wire brushed.  The spots are brass brazed.  This was my first completed project since taking a welding hiatus while on the east coast.



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