Metal: Forming, Forging, and Soldering Techniques

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Metal is an unusually satisfying medium for many artists, but working in metal requires a considerable amount of specialized knowledge and practical skill. This book teaches those skills. It makes a fine textbook for apprentice metalworking artists, presenting a basic overview of the science of metallurgy, then discussing needed tools, safety equipment, and metalworking methods. Detailed chapters cover such techniques as welding, shaping, and cutting metals as a means of fashioning art objects and practical ...
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Overview


Metal is an unusually satisfying medium for many artists, but working in metal requires a considerable amount of specialized knowledge and practical skill. This book teaches those skills. It makes a fine textbook for apprentice metalworking artists, presenting a basic overview of the science of metallurgy, then discussing needed tools, safety equipment, and metalworking methods. Detailed chapters cover such techniques as welding, shaping, and cutting metals as a means of fashioning art objects and practical items. A variety of beautiful and useful objects are shown as they are being made in a series of step-by-step photos. Objects include weather vanes, wrought-iron decorative fixtures for inside and outside the home, trays, tables, and imaginative sculptures. Students are instructed in how to work with iron, aluminum, copper, zinc, and several other metals. The book is filled with hundreds of color illustrations.
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Artistic metalworking has come a long way since the Bronze Age. A translated edition of the Spanish El Metal, this beautiful book by accomplished sculptor Ares (Sch. of Fine Arts, Univ. of Barcelona) introduces history, tools, and technique, with some sample projects at the end. The layout is beautifully arranged, the instructions precise, and the illustrations excellent. The equipment and tools required are extensive and expensive. More for the serious metalworker than the weekend craftsperson, this lovely and unique book is highly recommended. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780764158964
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 12.04 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author


Jose Antonio Ares teaches metalworking arts and crafts at the University of Barcelona in Spain.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
The Metal Ages 8
Physical Metallurgy 14
Metals and Alloys 16
The Concept of Corrosion 17
Properties of Metals 18
Types of Metals 19
Manufacturing Steel 20
Commercial Metals 22
Tool and Machines 26
Instruments for Measuring and Marking 28
Templates 30
Holding Tools 32
For Striking, Bending, and Shaping 34
Drilling and Cutting 38
Welding Equipment 42
Forging Tools and Equipment 46
Finishing 48
The Workshop: Safety Recommendations 50
Basic Techniques 54
Cutting 56
Joining 62
Forming 66
Forging: Basic Concepts 72
Waxes, Varnishes, and Paints 76
Patinas 78
Welding Processes 80
General Considerations 82
Welding with Coated Electrodes 90
Resistance Welding 94
Electric Arc Welding with Gas Shield 95
Oxy-Fuel Welding 100
Soldering and Brazing 102
Gallery 104
Step by Step 110
Constructing a Trunk 112
Constructing a Wrought Iron Gate 116
Stainless Steel Coffee Table 122
Wrought Iron Door Knocker 126
A Brass Tray with Open Design Work 132
Iron Garden Table 136
A Sheet Copper Jewelry Box 144
Creating a Brass Dragon 150
Glossary 158
Bibliography and Acknowledgments 160
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