This weekend, Mr. Tabby and I took a Welding for Artists class at my favorite glass studio Wired Designs. Mary Jo Emrick gave us an overview of all of the types of welding and how to set up to weld. We were also given a chance to try out three of the different methods: oxy fuel, MIG with gas and MIG without gas.
My favorite welding type was the oxy fuel. I am used to using a torch for jewelry and it is sort of like soldering in stained glass making. It is slow but gives you more control. Mr. Tabby has a MIG welder so, of course, that would be the method that I liked least. He likes it because it is much faster.
I took the class because I want to make custom frames for my glass work ala Roger Thomas. I took a class from him a few years ago and was stunned at the presentation of his artwork. My frames may not be at his caliber just yet, but now I have some basics so that I don't have to rely on the standard frames on the market.