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chelmuth
01-21-2011, 02:56 PM
I saw a video of some shooting stars and thought they looked kind of neat and fairly easy to make. This is what I've come up with so far. I went to my local metal supply shop and picked up some 1/4" round bar hot rolled, it was cheaper. I drew a star on a piece of 3/4" plywood and put screws in each point and inside corner. Got the propane torch out and started heating and bending. You can see the first in the picture together that I tried 2 different start and end points. One has them joined at the point and the other has them joined at the inner curve. I think I like the inner curve join better because then all the points look uniform. Not that you'll be able to see them in the dark anyhow. For the third star I hung the plywood up so I could spin it around instead of me having to spin around the plywood as I bent the steel. I like this way better although I need to make it no spin so easily. I'll probably end up bolting it with 2 washers so I can restrict it's movement a little instead of the free spinner version I have now. Then I took some 18"ish pieces of round bar for the "tails" and put 1/4-20 threads on 1" of it. Got some 1/4-20 splice nuts at the store and I plan on welding the nuts to the stars then just screwing the tails in. It will make for easy breakdown and storage.

tstraub
01-21-2011, 03:47 PM
Looks Great!!! I like the idea of bending the round bar around screws this technique could be easily adapted to make all sorts of wire frames. Simple, effective, and low cost. My 3 favorite things about any project.

Tyler

christmas-light
01-21-2011, 04:07 PM
Nice made there, last year I made 24 out of pvc

Here is a picture

http://www.pcjulelys.dk/Uofficel/DSC03488.JPG

chelmuth
01-21-2011, 04:39 PM
Oh Great! now I hate mine and love yours.. I'm sure it's just because yours are all lit up. :) Looks Great.

SteveMaris
01-21-2011, 04:41 PM
Great idea and nice result.

bcstuff
01-21-2011, 05:50 PM
I saw a video of some shooting stars and thought they looked kind of neat and fairly easy to make. This is what I've come up with so far. I went to my local metal supply shop and picked up some 1/4" round bar hot rolled, it was cheaper. I drew a star on a piece of 3/4" plywood and put screws in each point and inside corner. Got the propane torch out and started heating and bending. You can see the first in the picture together that I tried 2 different start and end points. One has them joined at the point and the other has them joined at the inner curve. I think I like the inner curve join better because then all the points look uniform. Not that you'll be able to see them in the dark anyhow. For the third star I hung the plywood up so I could spin it around instead of me having to spin around the plywood as I bent the steel. I like this way better although I need to make it no spin so easily. I'll probably end up bolting it with 2 washers so I can restrict it's movement a little instead of the free spinner version I have now. Then I took some 18"ish pieces of round bar for the "tails" and put 1/4-20 threads on 1" of it. Got some 1/4-20 splice nuts at the store and I plan on welding the nuts to the stars then just screwing the tails in. It will make for easy breakdown and storage.

My new favorite neighbor, you have to let me know where you got the steel. I want to build a concentric star for my Mega Tree next year.

THurrle
01-21-2011, 06:31 PM
Nice stars. You could also gt threaded doweling for the tails if you did not have a tap and die set to thread the iron. I plan to make 7 of these stars. They will be hung on 1/8 inch cable. I have found the cable on ebay fairly reasonable.
Terry

dnesci
01-21-2011, 06:41 PM
I think they're great. And vote for inside seams.

chelmuth
01-21-2011, 06:42 PM
I thought about the threaded rod, but by the time I'd buy enough for 21 tails I could justify the tap and die set. only 35$ for a 70 piece or something from Harbor Freight. Here's is a completed Star minus lights. I like the result. Not bad for first attempt at welding either. LOL

kychristmas
01-21-2011, 06:49 PM
They look great. I love Metal Supermarkets, but there are usually cheaper places if you are willing to buy a bundle. I bought some very expensive Stainless Steel rod at MS. They cut it to the exact lengths I needed and I only had to pay to the nearest foot.

By the way, I would suggest keeping the seam on one of the straights. Of course, when you get lights on them, none of them will be noticable.

christmas-light
01-21-2011, 07:36 PM
Oh Great! now I hate mine and love yours.. I'm sure it's just because yours are all lit up. :) Looks Great.

Thanks, But I think yours is better because they is made out of Steel :)

dpitts
01-23-2011, 04:45 AM
What are the best lights to use on them. Rope Light. LED Rope Light, mini's, LED M5's ?

chelmuth
01-23-2011, 10:24 PM
Well I don't think i've seen anything but rope lights used on them yet.. I don't have any rope light as of yet so I might try some LED's and see what they look like..

bcstuff
01-23-2011, 11:47 PM
I have seen them done with mini lights on PC, they use mini clips or zip ties to attach the lights.

DaveJZ
01-24-2011, 05:59 PM
When I make mine I was thinking of just wrapping the lights around them like on the arches... Don't know yet will have to see what comes about...

Would be better if it was warmer out.. I'd get alot more done

griffixdc
01-25-2011, 12:10 AM
When I make mine I was thinking of just wrapping the lights around them like on the arches... Don't know yet will have to see what comes about...

Would be better if it was warmer out.. I'd get alot more done

they make heated gloves and socks :) that always helps...lately i have been working outside everyday setting up a 15 million dollar solar panel system for a high school and yet its not snowing but it gets to freezing sometimes outside...too cold to be working outside starting at7 am

DaveJZ
01-26-2011, 12:38 PM
Ha Ha Ha heated gloves.... Think I could get a long enough extension cord???

I've seen them out there, just never thought they would work and be worth it. I've used those heat packs you put in gloves and socks etc and they work good. Sucks becuase they are 1 time use

LabRat
01-26-2011, 12:47 PM
I recall seeing packs that could be re-used (you had to "boil them" in order to recharge them). A quick google search came up with..
Re-Heater (http://http://www.lindsay-co.com/Reheater_Heat_Pack.html), but I'm sure there must be others out there.

Edit: Active ingredient is "Sodium Acetate" which gives off heat when crystalizing. Kinda neat stuff (http://www.ricalsimporium.com/Heat%20Pack.htm)
Ha Ha Ha heated gloves.... Think I could get a long enough extension cord???

I've seen them out there, just never thought they would work and be worth it. I've used those heat packs you put in gloves and socks etc and they work good. Sucks becuase they are 1 time use

dirknerkle
05-12-2020, 02:31 PM
This is a seriously old thread, but I'll just add my latest, finished project to it to resurrect an old idea...

I made this using the monopixel concept with clear white LEDs soldered to 2-sided PCB stock cut into 1/2" squares, 3D printed stars (2 halves glued together), square pixel PCBs, telephone wire, harness tape, a DIGWDF MiWiFi controller.... it was another fun project. It'll go outside of course, but I shot this quick video while waiting for the last two stars to finish printing... I'll use it as a lead-up to my Bethlehem star on the garage roof... The shooting stars are intended to be a quick eye-catcher.

https://vimeo.com/417296432

The how-to is here: https://www.diychristmas.org/wiki/index.php?title=Shooting_Stars