the metal components are first cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner to get rid of grease (this is especially needed with old recycled bicycle sprockets such at the one above Mother's head.
These components, which are all either stainless steel or crom-oly steel, are cut and then welded together using TIG, or what is known as Gas Tungsten Arc Welding.
I am self tought in TIG welding, which is one of me more difficult welding techniques to learn. I chose TIG welding for all of my metal art projects because it is clean and allows very fine control compared to other forms of welding. It also involved no flamable gasses as it is electric.
The metalwork for both this sculpture and the one for the Virgin Mary at the other end of the table were all cut and arranged at the same time so that I could ensure that I have two similar shrines. Those shrines alone took up a complete Saturday (both daytime and well into the evening) to complete.