Sculpture

ABOUT MMW


Here at Molten Metal Works, we provide welding instruction and metal shop access to the community of Los Angeles.  We do not teach how to weld I-beams.  Instead, we focus on what most people need: how to fix a fence, build their own furniture, and how to make sculpture, chandeliers, or custom motorcycle parts.  We’ve got 4,000 square feet full of tools, the expertise to match, and a lot more patience than your seventh grade shop teacher.

SCULPTURE CLASSES

We offer 30+ different classes from a fun quick classes to very technical project classes.  But here’s a selection of our sculpture classes. Go here for the full list of classes

(SCHEDULE AND SIGN UP FOR THESE SCULPTURE CLASSES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE)

 


Make Sculpture: Oxyacetylene Torch Series

(6) 3hr classes covering hot bending, welding, brazing, and cutting with an oxyacetylene welding torch

Learn to Oxyacetylene weld and use this civilized technique to create sculpture. What’s so civilized about it? It’s a visually beautiful process and really powerful, using the same tool to make gorgeous welds, bend smooth curves, and then cutting through 1″ plate.

Class Details: Six session class. Instruction fee is $210, Materials and shop fee is $195 (Total: $405).

Requirements: No prerequisites or experience required. Standard clothing. 18 or older or instructor permission.

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Moving Sculpture: Mechanical Confections

(6) 3hr classes welding five sculptures that illustrate fundamental mechanisms for making things move

When you make a sculpture that moves, you make a living sculpture. We’re going to spend six weeks in this class, bringing things to life.  We’ll cover cams, pistons, 4-bar linkages, levers, bearings–a whole lot and we’ll make 5 different moving projects (including a flying bird sculpture).  If you’ve ever seen a moving or kinetic sculpture and wanted to learn how to make it, this is the class.   And to get your inspiration flowing, here’s a video gallery of the projects we make in the class: LINK

Class Details: Six session class building five different kits emphasizing different mechanisms each week (four are take-home).  Instruction fee is $210, Materials and shop fee is $195 (Total: $405)

Requirements: No prerequisites or experience required. Standard clothing. 18 or older or instructor permission.

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Chandelier Making Class

(6) 3hr classes to build your own lamp or chandelier

An epic class, learning to weld, wire for electricity, and do a bunch of tube bending. Whether your style is wrought iron or modernist, we’ve got the tools and ability to help you realize a beautiful light fixture for your space.

Class Details: Six session class building one predesigned lamp base and one personal project.  Three basic sockets are included, but fancy edison bulbs or brass sockets are not.  Instruction fee is $210, Materials and shop fee is $195 (Total: $405)  Note about wait lists.

Requirements: No prerequisites or experience required. Standard clothing. 18 or older or instructor permission.

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Alexander Calder Mobile Making

(6) 3hr classes covering the major mobile types and developing your own fantastic mobile

In this six week class, were going to make like Calder and make some mobiles. Either big or small, up to you, but we’ll build them big or small using a variety of hot and cold tools. There will be jigsaws for curvy cuts, jump shears for straight cuts, band saws for not-so-curvy cuts, and expert advice for short cuts.

Class Details: Six session class building three instructional mobiles and one personal project. Project materials for most projects under 4′ are included in the materials fee.  Note about wait lists.

Requirements: No prerequisites or experience required. Standard clothing. 18 or older or instructor permission.