I am looking for a way to create procedural weld joints in blender.
Here are some reference images showing what I am looking for:
The basic approach I have been taking is to create a base mesh then use a skin modifier fallowed by a subserf modifier with a bunch of displacements after that. However I am not happy with the result, I think that the displacement textures need to be different(in this case I am using two cloud textures). This is the result that I got so far:
One thing that you might notice in the reference pictures is that weld joints tend to have a beaded look to them due to how the individual drops of metal fell into the seam and overlapped each-other. I am not sure how best to replicate this with a displacement. I thought about using Metaballs but those are hard to work with and getting some kind of displacement or randomization on them would be very hard (not saying that they are not an option though).
What are you thoughts? Dose anybody know of a good way to quickly and easily create a procedural weld joint?