History of Metal Art
Missouri Welding Institute is a welding school located in Nevada, Missouri. Here, we offer a wide variety of welding classes for our students so that they can graduate and begin a rewarding career in welding. Our top-notch welding trade school has amazing instructors who have decades of experience between them. They are passionate about welding and love to share their passion and knowledge with others. Our graduates are highly sought after, and recruiters regularly visit our welding campus. In short, our welding school is one of the best in the country. Below, we'll explain the history of metal art. Contact our pipe welding school today!
Brief History of Welding
Welding by definition is the process of putting together pieces of metal in order to create objects. While modern welding began in 1881 when Auguste de Meritens first performed fusion welding, welding itself has been around for millenia. In fact, the first evidence of what we would consider welding dates back 2,000 years ago to the ancient Egyptians who would weld small gold boxes together using joints.
However, rudimentary forms of welding existed well before then, back to the Iron Age and the Bronze Age to 3,000 BC. Tin was discovered in 3500 BC, followed closely by iron. Soon, swords began to be made from these metals, and when combined, alloys were created and were even stronger than pure metals.
The Middle Ages came and, as we all know, no progress was made there. The majority of welding took place over a forge with an anvil and a hammer. Acetylene was discovered in 1836, which is used as a fuel in welding. When you combine oxygen with acetylene, it burns exceedingly hot, which is then used to melt and join metal together. After this, welding continued to be improved upon with more efficient technologies, more accurate and fast welding techniques that quickly became more effective. Now, we have welding as we do today, with the future bright in terms of robotic welding, metal fabrication, and the like.
HISTORY OF METAL ART
Metal art has been around almost since the discovery of metal. Metal art is any artwork that is made from the ores of the earth, including iron, bronze, lead, silver, and gold. Metal art also included any alloys that are used as well. In the Bronze Age, what we would consider art today is functional for the people back then. They crafted cups and bowls out of metal for use in their daily lives. Yet even these pieces were made with beautiful designs. Humans love to look at beautiful items, so purely decorative items began to be created in all cultures, including bracelets, necklaces, and more.
Metal wall art has been found as far back as 7,000 BC. Funeral masks, necklaces, jewelry, and gold coins have been found in ancient Troy. Most of the most valuable objects found in the tombs of the ancient Egyptians are metal art, including their statues, coffins, and funeral objects. Ancient Rome and Greece had their fair share of statues made from bronze.
Throughout the Middle Ages, metal art was still being made; it was chiefly artwork for the important cathedrals of the day. It was even popular to see the door hinges of cathedrals decked out in ornamental art. Of course, noble women wore metal as art as well, chiefly from gold and silver. They had silver boxes, crucifixes, reliquaries (more boxes to hold sacred relics), and more faith-based objects.
The silversmith emerged as someone who would create beautiful works of silver, typically candlesticks for cathedrals, and cutlery for the nobles as well. Chalices were commonly made from gold and silver, and in the height of the knights, swords began to be more elaborate as well, with hilts made from the finest metal alloys and jewels.
During the Renaissance, more metal art emerged. The French produced furniture and clocks from gold and bronze and the Italians perfected the art of the bronze statue. Metal art came over to the colonies from Europe, with the art of blacksmithing being reserved for more functional work, and silversmithing being reserved for the decorative art. Latches, bolts, and hinges were still popular decorative items in America as well.
CHOOSE MISSOURI WELDING INSTITUTE FOR YOUR WELDING SCHOOL
Missouri Welding Institute in Nevada, Missouri, has a lot to offer its welding students, the most important being our world-class welding curriculum. Our welding classes are designed to give you a great foundation in all aspects of welding, and as you progress through the courses, you will have an opportunity to specialize. From pipe welding and fitting to structural steel welding and fitting, you will have a solid base for all of the processes in welding, including Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. We also teach welding theory, blueprint reading and interpretation, basic trade math and application, and welding safety.
Missouri Welding Institute cares about all of our students. We do everything we can to ensure your success, including helping with student housing. We partner with local apartment complexes to offer you one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments that include utilities. We even have places to park your RV or camper. We help you with financial aid as well, and support you in your local move. Our friendly staff is here to answer all of your questions and help you in any way we can.
When you arrive at our campus, you will notice that we have everything you need to succeed. We offer plasma cutting torch, aluminum spool guns, superimposed high frequency arc welders, semi-automatic plate cutter and beveler, grinding stations, hand-operating cutting torches, and articulated clean air retrieval arm.
Our enrollment process is easy and can be done online. All of our courses are online as well, so you can see what we offer and choose which ones are best for you and your goals. We have been training the nation's finest welders since 1994. When you graduate from our welding school, you will have all of the tools you need to succeed. Contact us today for an information packet!