full time metal fabricator/artist

Multi pass weld practice

Welding isn’t so much like riding a bike, you need to practice to maintain proficiency. When I have some down time, I’ll grab a chunk of steel and lay some beads.
This time it was a 7″ piece of 1.25″ x 1.25″ x .25″ angle iron using .035″ ER70S-6 mig wire on my Millermatic 210.

I’ll refer to, “passes” and, “beads” as the same thing, one consistent, “string” of weld (yet another term for this process), welding nomenclature is filled with deviance’s like this.

I started out with a single pass.


Then a few more passes.


Keep going.. (things are starting to get got now)


Even more passes.


Still not done, more passes.


Getting close, a few more beads then I’ll be able to do a cover pass.


Cover pass complete! Cover passes are always the most nerve wracking because visual inspection consists of some 90% of all weld inspections; even if the rest of the entire weld is perfect and only the cover pass gets messed up, the weld will likely fail inspection.


Then I let the whole thing cool down and cut it in half to see what the center of my welds look like.


Looking good! Typically as a fabricator, I’d never let metal get as hot as it did here but the practice was in the welding which was a total success.

Thanks for reading.
More to come.


3 responses

  1. mattia707

    Nice welds! If someone wants to learn welding and does have $500 what should he buy? cheap mig or high end stick? I found this topic where guy suggest you should buy high end stick. What do you think? https://www.drillselect.com/forum/main-forum/general-discussion-news/67-learn-to-weld

    April 24, 2016 at 11:07 am

    • DuckRoll Designs

      Thanks Mattia, Lots of practice and time welding made those welds.
      I agree with buying a reasonable arc (stick) welder and learning that way over a cheap mig setup.
      My reasons:
      Cost for continuing to operate arc is much cheaper.
      You’ll be forced to work on thicker material (over 1/8″ thick) and the welding process slows down allot and more forgiving to mistakes.
      You don’t need shielding ga$.
      It’s much more portable.
      Once you learn how to arc weld, you can emergency weld with a car battery and coat hanger (save the day type welds).

      If you need advice on buying an arc welder or what to look out for. Go ahead and ask ^^

      All the best~

      June 19, 2016 at 5:31 am

  2. Wow. I’m pretty sure I can’t do that. Which is why my artwork doesn’t require super precise welding. Thanks for following my blog.

    July 26, 2016 at 4:53 pm

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