steel, no doubt. A few weeks ago I turned them into two of these
(I only took a picture of it during a recent snow storm, and just uploaded
them now... I know, I'm lame... )
A friend recently gave me an old AC225 he had no need for, so I
figured I'd use that to weld them together. I really had not done much
stick, other than one night in an adult ed course I took over a year ago.
All I can say is that it's a good thing that I didn't get a picture of the
beads... they'd be embarrassing and you guys would laugh me off of
this bboard... In truth, some worked out fairly well, some didn't.
It was a learning experience. It was fun playing with the output
setting on the buxxboz and to see the effect.
Each sphere is 4 hoops, spaced more-or-less equally. Once I welded
them all together, I drilled a 1/2" hole through the middle and
stuck some 1/2" rod up through the hole and welded that in place.
The finial on top is cast iron thingie we found and welded onto the
The sphere is kind of flattened -- they did not nest "nicely" so the bigger
ones had to be squished down to fit.