Welding and Plasma Cutting - Garden Art

This is one of our favorites!  With the help of our certified welder you will be able to make metal garden art using plasma cutting and welding techniques.   We do ask that you wear long pants (preferably jeans), have covered feet (preferably leather), and bring a long sleeve shirt/sweatshirt (preferably cotton) with you.

According to Wikipedia:  Plasma cutting is a process that cuts through electrically conductive materials by means of an accelerated jet of hot plasma. Typical materials cut by this process include steel, aluminum, brass and copper though other conductive metals may be cut as well. Plasma cutting is often used in fabrication and welding shops, automotive repair and restoration, industrial construction, salvage and scrapping operations. Due to the high speed, precision cuts, combined with low cost of operation, plasma cutting sees a widespread usage from large scale industrial CNC applications down to small hobbyist shops.

Welding is a fabrication or sculptural process that joins materials, usually metals or thermoplastics, by causing fusion, which is distinct from lower temperature metal-joining techniques such as brazing and soldering, which do not melt the base metal. In addition to melting the base metal, a filler material is often added to the joint to form a pool of molten material (the weld pool) that cools to form a joint that can be as strong, or even stronger, than the base material. Pressure may also be used in conjunction with heat, or by itself, to produce a weld.


Come join the fun!  Here at Rustic Resque LLC we are all about sharing our knowledge, tips, tricks, and techniques.  We provide all materials for classes unless noted otherwise.  We offer many different classes for different skill levels - adding new classes continually, and  are always open to suggestions!   Preregistration and prepayment is required for all classes.

Fire Bowls- NEW! Join Steve Schultz from Steve’s Leaves to craft your own Tabletop Fire Bowl out of cement to light up the night or warm your patio table. You will cast your own bowl plus decorate or color it to fit your own style! All materials are included.

Tuesday June 18th  6pm

RUSTIC RESQUE LLC        1400 E Main St, Little Chute, WI 54140        920-915-9213

            Resquing for a Reason

Would you like to schedule an event for your own group - family, friends, girls night out?  Contact us for dates and times.


Demonstrations - Demonstrations are free of charge and are short half hour information sessions.  Demonstrations take place right in our store.  If you are wanting a more in depth hands-on painting class please register for one of the classes above.  No preregistration required.  10-10:30 AM

Saturday April 27 – Waxing made easy

Saturday May 11 – Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Intro

Saturday May 18 –Paintstiks and Rubbing Plates

Cement Leaf Casting -  Join us to make your own cement leaf.  Learn a simple and easy technique on creating beautiful cement leaves that can be used as bird baths, bird feeders, patio or garden accents.  These cement leaves can be used as into accents as well.  You will go home with a leaf that will need to cure for a few days.  You will learn everything from forming the leaf, curing, and finishing your leaf with paint if you like.   $50

Wednesday May 22 6PM  (bring a drink and we will provide snacks for this evening class)

Saturday June 1 10AM               Thursday June 27 6PM

Welding & Plasma cutting I -  In this basic class you will learn how to cut metal with a plasma cutter and how to fuse metals together using a welder.  You will go home with two completed projects - choosing between a butterfly, dragon fly, or lady bug for the plasma cutting and a screw dragon fly, spoon flower, or spoon handle flower for the welding.  All items do require some welding.  Please dress appropriately for welding and plasma cutting - see above. 15 people maximum per class.  Minimum age is 12 - all minors must be accompanied by an adult also taking the class.  For health reasons those with pacemakers are not allowed near welding - they can however participate in the plasma cutting.  Wednesday evening class.  . $64

         Wed. May 8 6PM        Sun. June 9 3PM       Wed. June 26 6PM      Wed. July 24 6PM       August 1 6PM

Sitting Snail and Dragonfly – The sitting snail is one of our popular items that we decided to do a class on.  You will be bending a four foot long piece of flat metal to make this snail.  The dragonfly is plasma cut and decorated with glass gems. Please dress appropriately for welding and plasma cutting – wear long pants (preferably jeans) and covered feet (preferably leather).  Bring a long sleeve shirt/sweatshirt (cotton preferred).    15 people maximum per class.  Wednesday evening class.  Class starts at 6PM  $64

     August 21

Bottletree Dragonfly and Flower Welding & Plasma Cutting– This class is a bit more advanced than our basic garden art class – although suggested, we do not require the basics class prior to this class.  In this class you will plasma cut a flower and weld a bottletree dragon fly with solar eyes.  All supplies except the bottles are provided for this class.  12 people maximum per class.  $79
Wednesday July 17

Trellis Class – Trellis is approximately 2 feet wide by 7 feet tall.  This class will be run throughout the day with different 3 hour time slots for you to choose from.  All welding.  Three people per time slot starting at 8AM.    Grab a couple of friends and sign up for this class together!  $98

June 9th

Pot Trellis class – You will make two 47” cone shaped trellis to use in pots or the ground.  All welding.  This class will be run throughout the day with different time slots for you to choose from.  Two people per time slot starting at 9AM.  $89

June 9th

Milk Paint 101Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint is an ancient all-natural paint containing five all-natural ingredients – milk protein (casein), limestone, clay, chalk and natural pigments. When absorbed into the surface, Milk Paint will never chip or peel when applied to a raw wood surface. It is suitable for both interior and exterior applications and is naturally mold resistant. Milk paint provides a completely breathable coating and is ideal for painting wood, plaster, drywall and a variety of other surfaces.   Join this class to learn the basics about Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, learn various painting and distressing techniques, and make a small project to take home with you.  Classes start at 6PM $55

Wednesday  June 5     Saturday June 22  10AM-1PM

Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan -  Chalk Paint® is a decorative paint developed by Annie Sloan over 25 years ago.  It very rarely requires any preparation, such as sanding or priming, and can be used indoors and outdoors, on just about any surface - old and new wood, metal, plastic, cement, bricks, etc.  It can revitalize old furniture, walls, ceilings and floors. It's easy, fun and makes amazing results.  Come learn about the basics of Chalk Paint®, learn various painting and distressing techniques, and make a small project to take home with you.  $55

May 4 10AM-1PM     May 21 9AM-12PM      May 29 6-9PM

Round Tray – Make a tray for yourself or as a gift.  In this class you will learn about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and go home with a finished 18” tray.  You will learn paint layering with two contrasting paint colors, dry brushing, and more.  You will have several choices of what is printed on the tray.  If you would like a monogram similar to what is shown contact us with what you would like printed.  $48

Wed. June 19 6PM