Video – Mig Welding Fire
I grew up with a fascination for metals. My father was a woodworker, and taught me young, so I have always built stuff from wood. Metal is different, and welding beats glue in the fun department any day.
Metal is (generally) much stronger than wood, but at the same time, it bends, and forms, and melts into different shapes. Most importantly, it can join permanently in the processes of welding. Extreme heat locally, often with sparks and “fire,” and the pieces of welded metal are connected better than they ever could be with glue. As a kid I was in awe.
Since those younger days, I’ve learned so much. I’ve taken classes, and learned from other experts about how to weld using several different processes. It’s made for many great projects from big heavy stands and machines, to teeny tiny little welds. Steel (in lots of variations) and Aluminum mostly, but also Cast Iron, Magnesium and Brass. (I have to say, melting Magnesium with a controlled spark adds a whole other sense of excitement to the process! Nothing happened, but it did make me nervous.)
Oh, and I’ve learned several different processes from Stick and Oxy to Mig and Tig. Each has it’s place and each has it’s things to consider when welding. One of those is highlighted in our post on Pre-Stressed Steel Fabrication. Another is the value of Stitch Welding instead of feeling like you must weld everything.
Even after years of welding experience, it’s still fascinating. I love to cut and grind and shape metals. But most of all, I love to weld. Perhaps that’s why I reach for the welder to create little gadgets, like this, when putts’n around the shop.
Don’t Look At The Welding
Your school shop teacher repeatedly said “Don’t look at the welding!” But I did anyway (though the GoPro), and here’s what I saw. I have to say it looks better close up through the helmet, but this is still pretty cool. It’s what you’ve been missing by looking away.
This short video was made to share the fun of Mig Welding Fire on steel. The smoke, the sparks, the heat! Absolutely Brilliant.
I think the vastly varying intensity freaked out the #GoPro so it looks like it’s not stable. In reality the mig welder is turning on and off very quickly, which has to be a tough application for digital video processing. I wonder if GoPro has ever tested this?
By the way, if you do try it, make sure you protect the camera! Sparks at these temperatures are not nice to lenses or to camera housings. Glass as a shield works pretty well if you have a piece of that hanging around.
Hey, if you have or know of any really good weld photography (stills or video) on the web, post a link in the comments below. Especially if you have close up shots! Mig, Tig, Stick, whatever. Please Post It! Thank you.