Metal art is my newest hobby

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Well like many metal enthusiasts before me, I am new to metal art and new to this site. My initial plan was to get into plasma cutting using a CNC table, but all my hard research is making my head spin. so I think I'm going to stick to freeform plasma cutting. I actually feel a bit better about that and think that I can be more creative (although don't get me wrong, when I see the lovely signs, gates, and other images that are done on a cnc table I still would love to have one, it's just that the cost isn't for me at this time.)

I just completed a backyard welding course from one of our local lifetime welders. I used the acetelyne torces and the stick welder for the very first time and wasn't overwhelmed. I only stuck the welding rod to the metal the first time and never did it again! so I'm ready to start practicing and creating any time now. I haven't bought my plasma cutter yet as that's a larger purchase and hopefully I'll have that in the next few weeks. I have a page written down of creative ideas that I'm just dieing to start on. I'll post some pictures whenever I get going.

So please keep posting all your great work as this helps to inspire me further.

Very best regards from Metal Momma from the great Ottawa Valley, Ontario Canada.

Kimberli Matin's picture

You go Metal Momma... I

You go Metal Momma...

I think you will love your plasma cutter. My older website has some stuff I sold for many years on it that's all cut out of 18g cold roll steel and welded together with a MIG welder. Have you tried MIG? I know I am Very biased, however, for what it sounds like you want to do, MIG is the way to's basically a large glue gun.

Good luck and happy playing with metal!

visitor's picture

Learn CNC Plasma Cutting Tutorial

Hello Metal Momma,

Check this out for an intro into CNC Plasma Cutting:

That should add to your swimming head a bit. I have been CNC Plasma Cutting my Art for a while. I got into it basically because of the wrist strain from manually cutting.

Have a good one,
Ivan Irons

mele miller's picture

Nice to meet you, I am new

Nice to meet you,
I am new to this site also and I think you will really like it. Lots of great people. I agree with Kimberli, MIG is the way to go, I'm still working on getting an acetelyne torch. I only dream of a plasma torch. Can't wait to see your creations!
Mele Miller

Metal Momma's picture

Thanks for the kind words of support

I had looked into just about every plasma table out there and there were days that I was 'definitely' going to buy this model, then there were days when I was 'definitely' going to buy the other model - so that's when I decided that I wouldn't buy any model and just wait patiently to get my Miller 375 or 675 (not sure which size to buy yet). I know that everyone says go big or go home, so I may end up with the 675 for my art work.

I also have a Miller 140 MIG welder quoted as part of my purchase, so I'm sure that I'll enjoy that too! (did I tell you that I'm also starting to get my real estate license? just a bit busy these days, but you gotta love how much fun I can have with providing my new home buyers with my individual pieces of metal art! :)

Metal Momma - metal art everlasting

J.R. Tamayo's picture

Metal Momma,Coming from

Metal Momma,

Coming from someone else who has a real estate license, if I could only have a plasma (which I love), or a torch, I would take the torch because I can cut lovely designs, braze, and heat, bend and shape metal. I've also used it for other things, but we won't go there...

Good luck and welcome!


visitor's picture

Torch Metal?

Hello, I was wondering if there is a way to view and or purchase your art. Please email me at

Thank you for your attention...DaN