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AJ Tivol
Works at Acme Twisted Metal Art
Attends Sierra College
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Sorry I've been away for so long, I'm trying to pull together an e-book for the next semester. I've also been looking at several online learning systems (ways for students to be involved in an online class outside of school) so that I could run the class as a flipped classroom (where you get the lecture from video you watch outside of class and spend class time DOING and solving and exploring). I found one that I really like and it allows me to create a sort of textbook online as part of the class. At the very least, it will help me organize my materials in a way that will remain flexible until I'm happy with the way it's organized.

Meanwhile, I've also been cleaning up and shaping the Flat Cats that I cut out last week.
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Awwww, we'd love to have you... It's http://www.haikulearning.com/ and I can invite anyone I want -- no registering for college classes, etc. I need to find out from the "real" instructor if I can invite people from this group. However, either way, I would love to have you look over my material at your leisure (as soon as I get it more developed -- around end of Jan). I love the online aspect of this course. It's very exciting.
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I believe that I have turned off notifications for this community. But I'm not sure. Let me know if you are receiving gobs and gobs of email notifications. Or not. Thanks.
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I also added a Show and Tell Category because I've taken a look at some of your pages and your work is so incredible, let's talk about how you made it or what inspired you, or, well, whatever you want to say about it.
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Seriously, don't make me start or I'll start talking about that darned Celtic Kokeshi that I've been going on about for the last year.
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Turns out that the bench ends we cut out on Thursday had a little problem with the size of the rectangles that hold the cross-pieces. I may have made them the wrong size. Thankfully, we were all comfortable with blaming the kerf. I think the real issue is that I changed the height of the rectangles but may have had the ratio locked so the width also changed. Fortunately, there's a tool for making the rectangles just a little bit wider.

But it brings up the question of how to compensate for kerf. I've found a document online that describes the process and references pictures that, unfortunately, aren't there. So one of the projects this weekend is to make a series of rectangle images in +CorelDRAW  that we can cut and test for kerf allowance. Y'all know what kerf is, right? Okay, so that will be one of the first cuts on Tuesday. And while we're at it, I'm going to do the series of cuts that tell us the proper cut speed and voltage.
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Josh Welton of Brown Dog Welding passed along some great words of advice.
Best Welding Advice Ever? Miller Welding recently asked on their fanpage: We all had to learn somewhere - so what’s the best piece of advice someone gave you about welding? There was an instructor at....
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So, I found out that if you share with circles, you cannot share with communities at the same time. No problem, I just shared with communities separately and that's easy enough. Still, I expect G+ will deal with that at some point. It would be nice.
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I thought that I'd start talking about tools. I have access to a terrific shop at my local community college. They have some very, very fun tools. This is one of my favorites. I've cut 1/4" mild steel plate on it like I was cutting through paper -- just much, much louder. Don't put anything past the yellow rollers that you don't want to have crushed.
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Plasma cutting  - 
 
My latest project and the first line of pieces that I like well enough to sell.

Flat Cat (with photography assistants Nick and Leko).
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Almost seems like it could make a kitchen utensil... a FlatCat-ula
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Next tool in the toolshop: Let's go with a handtool. How about tin snips? I love tin snips. Also called shears, you can find them configured to cut straight, cut to the left and cut to the right. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snips
My metal art teacher who is also a pilot tells me that the red and green color of the handles is the same as the red and green lights on an aircraft.

As with most any tool, I try to use them on material that is too thick to comfortably manage. Still, if I really need to get it done, they seem to hang in for the job. These are handy for so many things and are very affordable.
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Busy cutting out more bench ends today. So nice to be able to open +CorelDRAW file, make desired edits per student plans. I may have had a little mishap with measuring the holes for the cross-slats to go in or it was a kerf issue -- it was me. So I guess I will be spending some more time in CorelDraw tonight as I fix things for the cuts tomorrow. Getting a better handle on the +Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems bit. I'm not feeling more comfortable, just procrastinating less before I start the cut. We cut 10 gauge mild steel today -- clean and crisp. Better to be lucky than good.
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Josh Welton of Brown Dog Welding passed along some great words of advice.
Best Welding Advice Ever? Miller Welding recently asked on their fanpage: We all had to learn somewhere - so what’s the best piece of advice someone gave you about welding? There was an instructor at....
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So, besides cutting chair/bench frames out of aluminum, what can this process do? I used a client's AutoCad version of his logo and imported it to CorelDraw and made it cut-ready for Torchmate. http://www.flickr.com/photos/acmeaj/8247744341/in/photostream This design was particularly challenging because of the lettering and the delicate nature of the eye veins.
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Occupation
Proprietor and Metal Artist for Acme Twisted Metal Art
Employment
  • Acme Twisted Metal Art
    Proprietor, Metal Artist, 2011 - present
  • Sierra College
    Miscellaneous, 2001 - 2011
  • KXTV - News10
    Technical Director, 1996 - 2001
  • KVIE
    Assistant Producer, 1993 - 1996
  • Manpower Inc.
    Feminist, 1991 - 1993
  • Sacramento Theater Company
    Wardrobe Supervisor, 1990 - 1992
  • Western Stage at Hartnell College
    First Hand, 1990 - 1991
  • Video Clips, Inc.
    Video News Monitor, 1987 - 1990
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Previously
Fresno - Las Vegas - Kingman - Phoenix - Klamath Falls - Morgan Hill - Salinas - Sacramento
Story
Tagline
No coyotes were harmed in the making of this art.
Introduction
Creating playful art from metal with inspiration from Indian, Asian and Celtic designs. Current work is primarily in copper but does include some work in steel for larger objects and a few products using recycled aluminum cans. The copper flower line is currently limited to roses but my next design will be a lotus and then after that a stargazer lily. I am also exploring the world of automata and hope to offer some small, hand-operated pieces before the end of the year.
Bragging rights
Everything I have ever learned has helped me be a better metal artist.
Education
  • Sierra College
    Welding, Applied Art & Design, 2001 - present
  • Sacramento City College
    Web Design
  • Cosumnes River College
    Television Production
  • American River College
    Theater
  • Hartnell Community College
    Theater Arts
  • California State University, Sacramento
    Communication Studies, Theater Arts
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Acme Twisted Metal Art