Cooley has been creating metal sculptures for over 30 years, 20 years full-time. The seed for my creative endeavor was planted when I took a welding course at a local technical college. One of our assignments was to take old parts and make something creative out of them. I made a 4 foot rose and have been trying my hand at metal sculpture ever since. I have worked as a welder in an industrial environment for many years. I am now a full time artist and enjoy it immensely.res are assembled using a MIG welder and Brazing. I also use a cutting torch to make up bases or bend the metal rods that are used for arms and legs for the human and animal forms. The sculptures are then cleaned and sprayed with a clear lacquer spray.