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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600592627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600592621
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The artistic quality is high and reminiscent of handmade wrought iron." --Library Journal

About the Author

Kimberli Matin has designed, handcrafted and sold thousands of art pieces to more than 80 galleries throughout the US. She has taught numerous "welding for fun" workshops. Find out more at www.weldingforfun.com.

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It is clearly written and concise, the pictures are great and instructions easy to follow.
Jaqueline Macleod
She gives you all the information you need to get started and successfully finish your own projects.
Paul Correll
I always wanted to learn how to weld to make the exact projects that Kimberli outlines in the book.
smasty

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Philip J. Bohlken on March 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
Based on the two previous reviews, the book empowers women to make functional welded metal artwork. That seems to be the author's objective and it is fair to say she meets it.

I have used a stick welder as a home hobbyist for more than ten years. I do not do much artwork, but mostly repairs and fabrications. My wife bought this for me as a birthday gift. She found it at a fabric store for seamstresses, not at a home improvement store where welding equipment is sold. I have never before seen floral patterns on welder's gloves or swirls on a face shield, but the author says it is a matter of her self-expression and makes her feel good.

The author uses and suggests a MIG welder with gas shielding. Her information on welding with a MIG unit is basic and accurate, as well as practical based on her experience and needs. You will not find a lot about running a smooth bead or full penetration of the base materials in this book. The author emphasizes that anyone doing structural welding should take approved classes.

She confessed to a breakthrough moment when she discovered she could order stock metal pieces (spirals, circles, etc.) for fences, gates, etc. and cut certain design elements from them for use in her own creations. A key part of what the author presents is more about her own sense of proportion and design than about welding tools and techniques. She does richly illustrate the book with photos of her own projects. Some projects are offered in the book with step-by-step instructions, but anyone wanting to branch out with her own ideas would need her own good sense of design.

I am accustomed to welding manuals that probably present less information on MIG welding than this one does because these manuals try to cover several processes. This book focuses on only one process: MIG.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By smasty on June 16, 2009
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I can't believe I'm doing this! I always wanted to learn how to weld to make the exact projects that Kimberli outlines in the book. I bought a Hobart 140 welder, and decided to use straight CO2 for my shielding gas. I ordered some forged components from King Architectural Metals...they arrived yesterday and I made an absolutely gorgeous garden stake today, in just 15 minutes. I'll post the picture. The book is really well written--the book plus the welder manual and you have all you need to get started.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jaqueline Macleod on May 30, 2009
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I am really impressed with this book! In it's short format it truly gives you all the information that you need to start safely and successfully welding your own metal projects. It is clearly written and concise, the pictures are great and instructions easy to follow. I run metal workshops for beginners and am recommending this book to my students.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Philip A. Burke on March 23, 2011
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Great book for ideas and inspirational projects, I've been welding for over 35 years and found useful information and differing approaches. No doubt you will find a project or two that you would like to build or useful ideas to jazz up your existing work. I have built four of the "Vine Racks" for friends and they love them a fun and unique gift. You won't be disappointed in this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Correll on October 15, 2010
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Kimberli's writing style is conversational, clear and her instructions are easy to follow. She's so positive and encouraging that she makes it easy to dive in and learn to weld. I felt that she was in the room with me, guiding me along. She gives you all the information you need to get started and successfully finish your own projects. I'll never look at metal the same way again!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Wiese on April 12, 2010
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I got this book for my brother, who is a certified welder. He is usually laid off in the winter, and the purpose of this book was to give him ideas for projects he could do during his time off. Either for christmas presents or to sell. He tells me the book is perfect for that. I would give it 5 stars but havent seen the book myself!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan G.L. on October 13, 2011
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Some of the projects in this book are intimidating at first, but you should give them a try. I recall a master welder in Virginia named Curtis Malarkey who once told me. "Weld once, weld twice,weld once again, weld twice again, just weld, weld, weld." Another quote was "It is all in the practice and we all need plenty of that." Welding is art, welding is fun. Lots of great projects in this book. Start with the smaller projects and work you way to those larger and more complicated. Nothing will be perfect the first time. Keep practicing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy Correllus on August 17, 2013
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I bought this book to go with my Welding for Dummies. It has lots of ideas and ideas that lead to more ideas. Well written and easy to follow.
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