Your yard can go from ho hum to hip when you add a wind spinner or two. Lots of styles and varieties of spinners are on the market. They range from the simple pinwheel to a jazzy twisted rod and everything else in between. If you want to be distinct, make your own spinner with stainless steel that will truly dazzle you every time a breeze blows. Making stainless steel wind spinners is fun and painless--as long as you don't cut yourself when you're cutting the steel.
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Things you need
- Stainless steel piece
- Paint (optional)
Get your steel. You want to get a thin sheet of stainless steel, which is available at many hardware and home stores and salvage yards. You can also get stainless steel online; see Resources below. If you want a similar material that's easier to come across, substitute sheet metal for stainless steel and use the same steps.
Cut your base. Use your snips to cut a strip of steel about 1-inch wide and at least 2-feet long that has three bulbs coming out of it, like an extended letter "B." Make sure the first bulb is at least 2 inches down from the top.
Snip your spirals. Cut a swirl in the middle of each bulb, starting at the outside where it connects to your strip and working inward. Bend the cut piece to make a 3-dimensional spiral coming out away from the base strip. You should end up with three spirals coming off your base. Bend them by hand or use a pair of pliers.
Create the top notch. Cut a small slit at the top of your spinner, making a small notch at the top of the slit. Remove the small, round portion of the notch. Use pliers to bend the edges of the slit together, leaving the notch as a hole for the wire to fit through.
Hook up the wire. Take a thick piece of wire at least 2 feet long and bend a loop at one end. Thread two beads through the wire so they lay flush with the loop. Make sure the top bead is able to spin. Place your spinner on the wire through the notch you created. Top with another bead. Make a hook at the top of your wire so you can hang your spinner from a tree, eave or stand.
Tips and warnings
- The beads have to have openings wide enough to fit the wire and be big enough so your spinner sits atop them and doesn't fall through. Adjust your spinner's opening with pliers to make it smaller if need be.
- Make sure everything spins and the beads, wire or tree limbs don't get in the way of the spinner's spin.
- You can leave your spinner au natural or paint with an exterior spray paint. If you choose to paint it, paint the spinner piece before you put it on the wire. Otherwise the paint may stick it together.
- Hit the hardware store for wire, snips and other supplies.
- Working with metal leads to sharp edges. Be very careful. Protect your hands by wearing a pair of gloves while cutting it.
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