I could look-up ‘fusion weld’ ( does the TIG have to be turned to 1.21 gigawatts to properly lay that first run ?) ,but I do know what you’re speaking about with the laywire technique.
I’m a real layman ( i.e. I can use a stick welder) where intermediate- to - experienced with good welding is concerned. Your information does make me feel one more time like I should question all the advice you read and hear in that someone should not start with TIG if learning to weld more than just big boogers on tractors ...in my mind, if I’m gonna wanna head to that more of welding anyway , why not go ahead and get a good entry level TIG and be able to weld aluminum and chromemoly to start with . Is that nuts ? I guess it’s expensive to use tungsten and gas when learning might be a valid reason?
I’m shopping welders and wondered after seeing your strap rings .
stick welding is still a very good technique to learn. i need to get better at stick welding. during the last few rings, it was a bit breezy and i was having a lot of trouble keeping gas coverage with my TIG, i actually whipped out the stick welder for the last few welds.
my stick welds are poor and i refuse to show pictures
BUT, food for though. You can TIG weld with a stick welder. I run my TIG torch off a power block. basically just running a non conductive hose from the argon tank to a brass "power block" which a stinger clamps onto, then a conductive TIG hose to my torch.
when welding the rings i ran the welder in STICK mode, so you would start the arc by touching the tungsten on the base metal and lifting off.
so DO buy a stick welder and you can learn to TIG as well
not my picture, this is a different setup but achieves the same result
only downside with this is that you lose the function of a pedal and you can only do DC.