Couchsachraga Posted March 7, 2017 Share Posted March 7, 2017 I've been fortunately to have a local fellow show me a bit of blacksmithing before he headed south for the winter, and have had fun making an assortment of items since, mostly to have fun creating and work on my hammer skills. At this point I'd like to try a ring, and eventually an ax head... so it's time to attempt to learn to forge weld. I've tried a few times now with no success. I'm using a 2 burner Mighty Forge, one end blocked off (there is one "door" on each end). I'm turning down the heat a little, opening the BIG door, and once the door is open getting the item to the anvil in under 2 seconds. The first time I tried i attempted to weld mild steel to itself, no flux, in a ring shape (upset each end, then made the ring (or oval in my case) so the ends overlapped, and did a slight scarf to them as well (yes, I've been watching Rowan Taylor YouTube videos...). Not quite hot enough, so I tried again... no go. Then I got some borax, and tried again, MUCH hotter (15psi vs 10), tried tapping lightly to set it, reflux and reheat, a bit more tapping, and repeat a few times, going from "tapping" to "Hammering" after a bit (I only fluxed 3 times probably). Still no go. Next up I tried a different piece of steel (folded over). Let it get really hot for a while (10 min) before trying to weld, and again after "setting" it. Some sparks this time (or at least yellow hot scale coming off). This is an old spring, ground down to clean steel before I started, and using borax. Still no go. I know what I REALLY need is someone to show me or point out what I'm doing wrong in person. But right now I don't have that, so I'll keep playing for a month or two until he returns. I'm wondering about trying EZ Weld (or something similar), but I'm also curious / eager for any thoughts any of you might have. Thank you in advance for any guidance. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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