So, it's this girl I've been seeing's birthday tomorrow...

...and I figure 'what's the point of mucking about with all this metal fabricating if you can't use it to woo someone?' To that effect, I made a little steel rose for her :)

So, it's this girl I've been seeing's birthday tomorrow...

Started with a piece of rusty scrap sheet that I had lying around and wire-brushed it up.

So, it's this girl I've been seeing's birthday tomorrow...

Next I cut little petals out with a guillotine and bent them in a vice.

So, it's this girl I've been seeing's birthday tomorrow...

This part would have taken much less time if my hacksaw had even half its teeth left:

So, it's this girl I've been seeing's birthday tomorrow...

Then I welded them to a little conical base I'd made with a hole in the middle. That hole is important as you need to weld the final spiral from the underside.

So, it's this girl I've been seeing's birthday tomorrow...


Started at 22:20, finished at 01:05. Injury report: one cut on thumb, one cut on forefinger, one cut on palm of hand and a couple of little burns (teaches me for welding in short sleeves).

So, it's this girl I've been seeing's birthday tomorrow...

Not bad at all :)