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All Girls Welding!

Lindsay Jones

Diana - our resident welding expert talks us through the basics of welding.

We recently had a day for young women to come try their hands at welding! Our Intro to Welding class is a great way to get a feel for using a welder and get comfortable making sparks and heating up metal!

We start off talking about what dangers we might encounter while welding and how to counter act them, so that everyone stays safe. Then we all don the safety gear and get to it!

Sunny jumps right in after the demo and gets a feel for the motion of the welder.

Eva and Sunny get everything situated so they can weld safely and effectively!

But wait! Before we can make sparks fly we have to figure out how to keep our pieces in position, how to hold on to the welding gun with giant gloves on, and where to put ourselves so we can weld as well as possible! Whoa! So much to think about at once!

Brigid practices making a bead!

Eva and Piper team weld to get the pacing and motion of the welder just right.

Today we unite these two scraps together in sickness and in health as long as they both don't rust.

The girls weld scraps together all morning, checking each bead to see if they need to move slower or change their hand motions. Pretty soon it's time for snacks and design time!

Sunny designs a dagger. Her project became mixed media, incorporating a wooden handle.

Mia carefully measures and marks her angle cuts.

The porta-band got a lot of use today!

After the plans were laid, all manner of measuring and cutting began. This group all had very unique projects and they had to custom cut almost everything!

Mia shows off her 3 dimensional diamond!

Peri and Morgan made a thing with tons of complicated angles!

Brigid made the box for a doll bed!

These tinkerers showed a lot of perseverance and patience while learning how to use the welders and they all left with impressive creations. It's always exciting to see each Tinkerer bring their designs to life and see in their faces how proud they are of their accomplishments.

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