Lottie Minick is an artist in Dallas, Texas who uses a Lincoln Electric Pro-MIG® 175 wire feeder welder (current model is Pro-MIG® 180) for her sculptures. In the spring of 2010 her dear friend, Debbie, was diagnosed with liver cancer.
One of Lottie's friends and a fellow welder gave her a gear that, along with Debbie's deteriorating condition, inspired Lottie to create the heart sculpture. Lottie cut a 1/2-inch flat rod and shaped the heart. The gear became the base. She bent and welded 1/2-inch rods to form the heart sections. Lottie chipped fused-glass sheets into tiny bits to cast inside each section with less red color in the top sections to show the heart draining. Each section was cooked in a glass kiln, glued into their respective sections and cleaned. The sections were welded together off-center from the previous section to make the heart turn.
Sadly, Debbie passed away the day Lottie finished the heart. At Lottie and her husband's annual Christmas party, Lottie knew Debbie's spirit was with them as she and her guests lifted their glasses to toast Debbie’s Heart.
*The above project images and descriptions have been published to show how individuals used their ingenuity for their own needs, convenience and enjoyment. Only limited details are available and the projects have NOT been engineered by the Lincoln Electric Company. Therefore, when you use the ideas for projects of your own, you must develop your own details and plans and the safety and performance of your work is your responsibility.