ISSUE #11 OPEN STUDIO HOURS

I was watching a welding video on my tablet just yesterday while also getting distracted by Whitney Houston’s Step by Step music video playing on my phone. This pretty much sums up my entire life.

But before we get into it this week…I want to share that I’ve launched an early release of my website! www.neonfabrications.com Please send any and all feedback. This beta version is far from final. My portfolio projects are wildly incomplete even. 

Launching this site is in line with artists and creative professionals everywhere being asked to redefine, rediscover and repurpose their skills within an economy that’s unequipped to value their work. While artists are consistently undervalued even outside of a global pandemic, this doesn’t have to be the case.

What can this artist, architect, project manager and friend do for you?

I’m holding open studio hours from 11-1pm on Sunday 6/21 to offer 20 minute slots to discuss any idea or project you may be uncertain that you should consider, in the middle of planning or currently undertaking!

With all that is going on in the world, supporting each other is the most nurturing and valued service I’ve found from friends, family and strangers on YouTube alike. I want to support you in earnest and there’s no better time than right now.

What’s on your mind? A gift, a home project, a space ship off this blasted planet?? I’m open to everything that sparks your interest. Send me a quick email or DM by noon on Saturday and I’ll respond with a Zoom link for Father’s Day!

I’m honestly very excited to hear from you. From our Zoom studio session, you can take what you gained from our conversation and run with it. Or if we find value in working together, continue our collaboration and conversations in a service that we discuss and agree together. Simple, fast and fun!

I have experience from concept level presentations through construction and installation. These include small handheld toys to an over one million square foot building. I’ve worked for super concept focused architectural practices to firms dedicated almost exclusively to craft and making. I’ve gone through the lines of intern, to designer, to registered architect, professor at a major university to project management in architecture and the arts. I know the adobe suite, 3d modeling and can meditate like a villain. The sky’s the limit for you and for us.

Here are some examples though they’re far from exhaustive:

  • Can you connect me with someone who does _____?
  • Would you give me advice on a floor plan I’m designing?
  • Which of these apartments has a better floor plan for what I need?
  • Is this the right material for what I’m thinking?
  • Where can I source this material and about how much will it cost?
  • Does this pattern and color work together?
  • Who’s done something like this before?
  • How is an architectural team set up between contractor, architect, client and trades?
  • What art and architectural monuments should I visit when travelling to _____?
  • Should I build a custom trellis for my garden and will you help me? YES

Honestly, please don’t hesitate to reach out for even the smallest question. I’d love to hear from you and just connect for a few minutes. If you’re not sure, then we should do it!

With care,
Sean


WELDING 101: MIG VS. TIG 

So about that welding video. I was watching to get more familiar with the many metal projects I have currently under fabrication for different artists at my company’s workshop. My colleagues do incredibly detailed welding and I’m tasked as the project manager to review their work before sending production reports to our clients. I’m also completely taken by the ‘hard’ craft.

There’s two types of welding possible, a mig or tig weld. We’ll break out what this means and what makes them best for specific projects. This killer video on YouTube is especially instructive with multiple welding demonstrations to fill your hearts content!

MIG WELD

  • Upper two images of welding gun and example weld
  • Wire automatically feeds through the gun at a speed you set
  • Penetrate anything on the metal including mill scale, rust` or paint
  • Easier to master
  • 90% of welds can get away with a MIG
  • More welding material is left above the surface, ie. rounder and less flat
  • Uses a continuously feeding filler wire that produces an arc and melts to add to the weld pool
  • No need for additional filler wire and can be put down quite easily and quickly
  • Welding current is decided by wire speed and power supply volt-ampere characteristic set on the machine before starting


TIG WELD

  • Lower two images of welding gun and example weld
  • Requires manually feeding the wire with one hand while heating it with a torch in the other
  • Welds look ‘nicer’ ie. flatter
  • There are many torch options, gas options, filler rod options, and other factors able to be controlled
  • Preferred for aluminum detailing
  • Produces arc with a non-consumable tungsten electrode. Tungsten is a rare metal which has the highest melting point of any metal, so can be used to transfer a welding current to an arc without breaking down or degrading.
  • Creates a weld pool by feeding in long welding rods, making it more controlled and keeping both hands of the operator busy. If the joint requires additional filler, it is added separately

Some information above is from here as well which I found to be a great source.


“I’m much more influenced by Beyoncé than I am by Picasso.”
– Hank Willis Thomas

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