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  1. Thanks for the quick responses, Deimos I would be looking for pieces to work on not melting, great tip on the roofers Stash thanks guys
  2. Hi all in looking to make some small items using copper details such as copper rose petals and fashioning copper strips into some sort of decorative bow, my question is where would be the best place to source copper, second hand? Flea markets, old reporposed items? Or buy new fromocal metal stockist any suggestions greatly appreciated thanks all
  3. LES L, thanks very much. Im thinking of going for the 3 in 1
  4. Hi all this is a bit of a throwback post to when I made my wife her vanity stool. We couldn't find anything suitable or would look like it would last. So what better than to use it as an excuse to make one myself. As if I need an excuse. Not really forged I wasn't "there" yet but I did have some hand tools and a handy workshop package purchased from metal craft products UK it was they're XL workshop package and included a scroller. The tools were easy to use and allowed for cold scrolling. Then made a sort of jig to hold legs in place while I welded away. This is the proj
  5. Hi All so a out a year ago I got in touch with a seller through fleabay who was selling a triple burner gas forge. On the off chance I asked if he had any other equipment and he told me he had this power hmer he was going to list but hadn't quite got round to putting online. Anyway after some negotiation we agreed a price and he delivered it from France. He was visiting family in my own city so decided he could bring it back with him. Awesome. This was his creation that took him many hours and redesigns and had been using well for the past ten years he was only selling because his wife a
  6. I know I'm dragging up an old thread bit thought this might be of help. Here's some photos of what I made for cutting out my plasma panels. Hope this helps. If you would like to discuss further drop me a message
  7. Thanks all. my projects would be 90% steel using various thickness round bar 6mm upwards and only the odd bits of copper etc for accents on the pieces. I think Mig would best suit my needs overall. (My preference for supplier is R-tech supplies in the UK. I've had good experience with r tech in the past owning both they're plasma cutter 30amp and 175amp arc welder.) They also offer a combi Mig Tig Stick I've attached a link: https://www.r-techwelding.co.uk/mig-welder-inverter-with-mma-dc-tig-240v-250a/ Question: Has anyone had good experience with these types of machinery?
  8. Found these two at our local flea market on saturday. £7 for the pair a bargain I couldn't leave behind. Wife on the other hand not too impressed but I see diamonds in the rough where she sees rusty old metal haha and I cannot leave a good bit of crafted steel hanging around. Or steel that has untapped potential for future uses and projects for that matter either. After a bit of a clean up and they are looking much better. Now I have to decide now on the finish or paint. Your thoughts? span widget
  9. Hi all i am a hobbyist blacksmith / sheet metal worker and i mostly do small decorative items for households and gardens, gifts for friends and family etc. i was until recently a car mechanic by trade with MIG and ARC welding experience. Its a little off topic and not so much blacksmithing as sheet metal work. My old mig welder died and i am looking to replace with either a MIG or TIG welder, i work with sheet metal no thicker than 5mm and would like to expand from steel into copper and stainless. do you think it would be worth purchasing a TIG welder over MIG. it would be a whole new learnin
  10. thanks for the suggestions, i dont need to forklift anything ive got metalcraft XL workshop tools that i had mounted to stands that i need to drag out and put back when done so looking a temporary hold downs in the shop cheers
  11. Hi all so i've recently acquired a small workshop that im using for my woodworking cnc business ive set aside a small corner of the workshop front to setup my blacksmithing "hobby" that i would like to progress further into a viable add on business. ive got a good 25ft x 20ft empty work area in the day which i need to keep clear at night to store my business van. So ive managed to install my 3phase power hammer in a corner and i plan on making my equipment movable into the empty space and stored away at night. my question is what is the best way to do this? ive thought of drilling an
  12. Thanks daswulf that's great to know Hey Glenn that I beam idea sounds real good thanks
  13. Thanks for the suggestions guys really helps I shall look into it more. On another note I want to make a sheet metal piece of art soft of life a portrait and was wondering if anybody has had good results with acid etching as a finish thanks for your help and suggestions guys
  14. Hi all I'm completely new to metalworking and blacksmithing I've made a few small timings in my spare time, anyway I found an old scrap length of 7mm thick rusted steel along my travels and decided to make some heart based items from it - No forging on this project just plasma cutter and a good old stick welder - They're patina is pretty good I like the well worn look but ive been struggling with the overall finish and look of them I tried applying an oil stain whilst they were hot didn't like it and then a standard black paint finish but was wondering if there was something better I could do
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