The tree is an essential part of every home at Christmas, but have you ever thought that maybe it’s time to mix things up a little?
Real trees look great, at least until the needles start to drop and you’re left with a sorry looking collection of bare branches. Artificial trees, on the other hand, are mess-free but can lack a little festive magic.
This year, if you’re up for the challenge, try welding your own Christmas tree.
The great thing is you can use any metal you have lying around in the shed, or choose the ideal materials to create something that’s pure bling. Make it right and it’ll not only last for years, but save you a fortune in trees!
If you’re new to welding, we’ve got you covered. We’ve written a whole blog on everything you need to know about learning to weld. Here’s a reminder of the key points:
Don’t scrimp on safety gear. You’ll be using some pretty powerful equipment so protect yourself.
Prep your space
Choose a workspace with plenty of room and good ventilation. There’ll be lots of sparks flying so make sure there are no flammable materials lying around.
Know your material
Read up on the properties of the metals you’re using, as this will influence how you tackle the project. A little research now can save time and trouble later.
Choose your power
Most homes have two voltages available: 110v and 230v. You’ll need to choose the right one for the machinery you’ll be using. Ask in-store if you need advice on this.
Stock up on fillers
Find out what fillers you’ll need for the type of metals you’ll be using – then stock up on them. You don’t want to run out when you’re in full creative flow.
So, all you need now is a little inspiration. Check out the amazing examples above.
And if you need any kit, remember that Metals4U are the cheapest online suppliers of welding equipment.