Monday, July 14, 2008

Creating with Metal

Today is my friend Teresa's birthday. A few weeks ago, when my parents were here, we went to South Fork Ranch where the TV show Dallas was taped. They have a museum and several gift shops. In one of the shops I saw this really cool coat rack with horse shoes. Back in college, I took several welding classes for my art major. Although my husband has owned a welder for the past 5 years, I had never used it.
I decided to copy that cool coat rack I had seen at that gift shop for Teresa. I bought the horse shoes a few weeks ago, and almost bailed out on the project today because I still hadn't even started. Roscoe and Logan (Joe's nephews) are staying with us, so Roscoe helped to get the metal tubing ready. He measure the lengths of the support pieces and cut them.Then I got the welding gloves and helmet on and got to work. I had forgotten how much I enjoy welding! I love the sparks, the bulky helmet, the magnets, and even the flying shards of metal. It came back to me so naturally. Of course the welds needed to be ground down a little bit, but overall I think I did pretty good.

4 comments:

Majo said...

Cool Jes !

Nancy Sabina said...

Wow, Jessica! I had no idea you had that kind of talent! Just when I think I've gotten to know you better you pull something like that out of your hat! Amazing. And a very cool coat rack. What a lucky friend.

Wendy said...

I just love it how you are wearing totally stylish shoes!! cool skills... I really needto get backon track with some of my projects/talents/ things I want to learn!!

Monica said...

I can't believe you were welding with bare arms and legs. You silly girl.

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