Gary, I used a Miller Dynasty 200DX, Weldcraft WP-50 mounted with
.020 tungsten sharpened to a point. The machine was in spot welding
mode. The settings were 1 amp for.01 seconds. It’s not the machine or
it exact settings that allowed me to do this. It’s how I did it. I
believe tools are wonderful. I feel a person has to learn how to use
the tool. A person’s ability to use tools, is their craftsmanship.
I’m not the best craftsman in the world, but I’m proud of what I can
do. My craftsmanship is the only segment of pricing a job that I have
complete control over. My craftsmanship is what separates me from
others. Jewelry metal-smiths are very generous with there knowledge.
I often wrestle between sharing everything I know and holding it as a
trade secret. I feel I owe it to the people that have paid me for
consultation to guard the techniques I have demonstrated for them.
It’s been over a decade now that I have been TIG welding precious
metal and resolving problems have come very slowly to me. If someone
had guided me it would have been quicker. The Miller Dynasty 200DX is
a very complicated electronic device capable of shaping electrical
flow without operator input. But it has limits to what it can do. I
am thankful for those limitations. What would I be worth if the
machine made all the decisions? I like to say, “It’s not the size of
the hammer, but how you swing it.” The main reason I posted the weld
images was to show that it is possible to find a solution with out
relying on a tool to provide the answer. Why learn to play a musical
instrument when you can listen to beautiful music from your ipod? I
think it’s for the satisfaction of learning, creating, and sharing
your art with others.