Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by Markz Metal Workz, Mar 9, 2016.
Do you have pictures of each of your rose petal designs? Did you cut out hundreds of pedals and then tack them all together? I would love to see a build thread of how you cut these out.
I'll put something together soon and post it.
Ok, here is the start of this build thread for the roses. 7 short youtube videos are attached along with a couple photos. Torchmate Classic with a Hypertherm Powermax 85, finecut consumables, 150ipm, 25 amps on 20ga cold rolled steel. I use cold rolled so there is no mill scale to clean up. This makes it easier to sand to shiny bare steel to apply metal dyes or candy paints.
The rose petals and leaves were left with attachments so they wouldn't fall into the water table and to make it easier to sand. This also keeps each group of pieces together to complete a full rose.
Now use tin snips to cut and trim each leaf and petal to make individual pieces.
Now decide if you want a full rose or rosebud. For a full rose use all pieces and for a rosebud just use the two medium and one small rose petal. Set all pieces out and prep a 1/4" steel rod cut to your desired length. Place the 1/4" rod in a vice. Form the green leafy base and leaves with a hammer and dolly but leave the rose petals flat.
Once the green leafy base has been formed it's time to assemble the green leafy base and rose petals on the 1/4" rod. Place the green leafy base on the rod first followed by the two large petals, then the two medium petals and finally the small rose petal. Next you will tack weld the 1/4" rod to the small rose petal. Then push the rose petals and green leafy base together and tack weld the green leafy base to the 1/4" rod.
Now it time to start bending the rose petals. I found that two pair of mig pliers works best but needle nose pliers will do the trick as well. Start with one petal and work your way around until that piece is finished. Make the small petal as tight as you can and then start the next petal. As long as you left a little play in the petals while tacking you should be able to rotate them slightly to offset each petal. Continue until each petal is bent to form the rose.
Once the rose is formed you can attach the desired number of leaves. The leaves can be contoured with a hammer and dolly. A chisel can also be used to put lines in each leaf if desired. The leaves can be quickly attached by starting a tack on the 1/4" rod and feeding the leaf into the weld puddle. Now finish your rose with metal dyes, candy paints or powder coat. So let's see what you have made when your done.
None of the posted videos are working
I updated the videos in YouTube. Please let me know if they are working.
Looks good! Let us know if you'd like to enter this project into our new contest and we'll edit your title to include it!
Sure let's enter it. Thanks
This was exactly what I was looking for. Great stuff Mark! This was a fantastic build project.
Would you happen to have a CAD file of the design (DXF, etc.) for download? Thanks! Very Nice.
Yes a Torchmate Cad .CDL a DXF or even a PDF of that pattern would be nice
Looks like a great project
It looks as if though CDL and DXF formats are not one of the options when uploading files.
1. Click on the "Upload a File" button
2. When the window appears to select the file, go to the right side and change the "Custom Files" dropdown to "All Files"
3. Now you will be able to select CDL and DXF formats!
Let me know if you have any issues!
Here are the .CDL and DXF files.
Thanks for the share on the file.
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