San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This is a very informal class intended for beginners.
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We will briefly orient you to MIG welding equipment and then help you to weld up a project.
This is a chance to make "yard art" or any project that is principally about welding smallish steel objects together.
You are welcome to bring your own materials, please use a magnet and ensure that your objects are magnetic, if they are not, we cannot weld them in this class. We will not be welding aluminum or brazing or using any non-ferrous materials. Please avoid galavnized, painted and zinc coated materials.
We will supply some scrap and stock materials and a variety of shapes cut in 16 guage steel. We can sell sections of stock at $1 per pound, this is a discretionary charge reserved for larger quantities.
We will happily answer technical questions regarding metallurgy, fabrication and conventional welding processes, but the focus of this class is simply to provide you with equipment and support so that you can have fun with the welding tools.
We offer other, much more formal classes to help you establish a technical background that will allow you to become a more informed and expert metalworker. This is much more of a jump-in have fun class. You can choose to make a project or just practice.
We also offer pre-cut dinosaur "kits" so that you can weld up your own Allasaur, T-rex, or Pteradactyl. These kits ar NOT INCLUDED IN THE BASE PRICE, you may purchase a kit on site. Please let us know which one you would like to have ready for the class.
In order to ensure that you to have the best experience, we ask that you refer to the following guidelines as you gather materials and plan your project:
This is a short class, have at least a rough plan for your project before you arrive.
It is better to finish an uncomplex project than it is to get halfway through an ambitious project.
Ensure that your materials are ferrous by checking to see that they are magnetic.
Rusted materials are fine, greasy, painted or galvanized materials will require grinding before they can be welded.
High carbon steels cannot be easily welded at high strength.
We will not be welding aluminum, copper, bronze, or non ferrous materials in class.
Projects that rely principally on welding material together are easiest. Elaborate cutting and grinding and bending and jewelry level polishing tend to take much more time.
You are welcome to bring in small steel items you wish to modify or repair.
You can bring a project back if you want to continue to work on it. We cannot store projects, this is partly why we reccomend less than person sized projects.
If you are having trouble figuring out how long a project should take, make your best guess and double it.
There may be some grinding, this is noisy, and not a suitable activity for the under sixteen set.
Please wear expendable cotton clothing, long sleeves and pants, and boots or canvas shoes. Sneakers will not protect your feet from hot metal. We will not permit Sneakers in this class.
Expect to get dirty and have fun.
In the past clients have made belt buckles, candellabra, wine racks, animals, faces, business card holders, bracelets and necklaces.
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Thank you for your interest. We hope you enjoy working with metal as much as we do.