Project Description

Roses were constructed using mild steel. Plasma cutting was used to cut the shapes for the rose petals and leaves. 4 1/2″ die grinders were used to smooth edges. The components were joined using GTAW welding process.

Content: The top 3 things I learned from this showcase were:

  • Oxy-Fuel Heating and Metal Forming
  • Plasma Arc Cutting
  • GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding)

Culture: This project relates or connects to my family, background, peers, community or my own personal interests in these ways:

Blacksmithing started in the 15000 B.C. We used some techniques similar to that when we heated the rose petals and bent them into a specific form. Blacksmithing has been around for the longest time, producing swords and knives, we used it in a more creative way to make our roses.  Flowers are often seen as girly, so we decided to make them girly but also make them more bold, and unique. As female welders in a male-dominated career, we wanted to display our femininity in our project.

Metacognition: In reflection, one thing that I would have done differently during my journey with this showcase is:

Abby wishes she knew more about TIG and had more practice with it before diving in with the roses. She believed that the more practice she had, the better the center of the roses. For Morgan, she wishes that she had gotten better with the machine that bent all of the leaves. She only discovered the best way to bend them when most of the leaves were already done. If these things were done better, the roses would have turned out a little better.

Social/Emotional: One thing I am most proud of by completing this showcase is:

While learning the processes needed to make the roses there were times where it was frustrating and required lots of patience. When the leaves weren’t bending perfectly, patience was key to make sure it all worked out and wasn’t ruined. We became closer friends through this project as we had to spend more time together. We also talked with more of our classmates during the project to better understand how to use certain equipment such as the plasma cutter and the machine used to bend the leaves.

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