A4 sketchbook or visual diary and drawing media such as pencils/pens
2 x P2 grade disposable dust masks, purchased from hardware stores
Bring an assortment of pieces of mild steel for making your sculptures. Mild steel is the most common metal around us and is the kind that rusts easily of left exposed to the weather. You will be working with mild steel only and need to bring in an assortment of pieces with you. The sculpture department has a small supply of mild steel for demonstration.
You can find off-cuts and refuse from the engineering, manufacturing and building industries. It is available from smaller scrap metal yards, industrial bins (with permission) and rural properties. Machine or car parts containing grease or plastic and heavily painted pieces give off toxic fumes when burnt so are best avoided.
Additional personal protection
The Sculpture Department will provide basic personal protection such as earplugs or muffs, face shields, helmets etc. However, it is good if you can supply your own face shield (mask). Your lecturer will discuss the specific Work Health & Safety (WHS) obligations of welding in the first class.
Gloves, Weld Guard Premium Welding Gauntlet, $16.00 from BOC
Weld Guard Auto Charge welding helmet $110.00 or 3M Speedglas 100S Black welding helmet $269
Covered footwear and protective clothing essential
You must wear covered footwear. Sturdy leather or steel capped shoes will best protect your feet. Protective clothing such as old long sleeve shirt and long pants are ideal. Avoid light, flammable and synthetic materials.