Cutting with Sheet Metal Snips Cutting with an Electrical Metal Shear
First off, I began by learning and getting the gist of cutting sheet metal
Question: What did you attempt to cut?
Kelly: Well first I tried to cut out flower petal and leaf-like shapes.
Question: What else did you learn to do?
Kelly: I learn about the process called enameling where you add enamel to any piece of metal, heat up the bottom of the metal with a high temperature torch until it turns a bright orange and it turns into glass. So I did this with a piece of copper and put green enamel in the indents of the metal that I made with a chisel and hammer.
Question: Wow! That's cool. So what did you end up using that for your holiday project?
Kelly: It turned out that the metal was too thick to make my project. So instead I used cut out and
flattened aluminum cans since it will be easier to cut.
Question: And what did you make?
Kelly: So I brainstormed and thought it would be really cool to make a flower. I thought about cutting out petals but then thought that putting them together would waste time. So instead, I drew out asymmetrical oval like shapes connecting.
Question: So then what did you do?
Kelly: So I then cut out and began rolling it. And it turned out to look like a rose.
Question: Was that the finish product?
Kelly: Oh of course not. I wanted to make it look as close to a flower as possible. I used some excess metal from the Metal Shear used to cut sheet metal and used it as my stem for my flower. But I still wasn't done there.
Question: What else did you add?
Kelly: I wanted to make it stand and so that's what I did. I cut a few pieces of the curled metal and used and the stand to support the flower.
Question: Did it fall over?
Kelly: It wasn't necessarily that it fell over. But there was no weight holding the flower down that just using your finger would push it down. So I found a cylindrical bar of steel and cut four equal pieces. I then attached it to the legs of the flower it worked out pretty well.
*Close up of the bottom of the flower stand*
Yes I used a hot glue gun to put everything together. Bear with me. I'm still a bit new at this and trying epoxy was a bit challenging to maintain the stand still for only a few minutes left of the class.
Kelly: No I didn't really like seeing the words of the soda can. So I then decided to paint the outside and inside of the flower blue with a spongy brush.
Question: Wow that looks awesome! Did you have any extra materials?
Kelly: Yes I had a lot of extra aluminum and used it to my advantage. I cut out and painted some leaves to attach to the stem.
Here's how the whole thing turned out!