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Welding and Grinding Metal



The Voice: Hey, Kevin. What are you doing?

Kevin Caron: This is Bobby Pin, a sound sculpture on which I'm doing the finish work.

I'm hitting all the little boo-boos, any of the tiny holes in my weld, any little spot that I may have missed; I've got to come back and grind them all down, smooth them all out and fix all the little spots. I'm getting this piece of metal art ready for its finish.

This becomes the tedious part. A metal artist needs to be very meticulous; you've got to work on one spot, finish it, move to the next spot. I've got a long way to go.

That's what we're doing here in the studio today: just filling in the cracks, grinding it smooth, moving on to the next one. After that we'll get some finish on it, hang it up and it'll be ready to go to the outdoor art show.

Back to work.

The Voice: What kind of finish?

Kevin Caron: Actually I was thinking about putting a rust finish on it and I was going to coat it with a product called Penetrol, which seals the rust so it stops it from rusting any more.

It gives it kind of a hard, smooth finish instead of a rough finish. With a smooth finish, it doesn't leave fingerprints and you won't get rust on your hand if you touch it.

That's what I was thinking. We'll have to sandblast it when we're all done and see how it looks.

Back to work.




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