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    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.
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    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.

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    Nice made there, last year I made 24 out of pvc

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    Oh Great! now I hate mine and love yours.. I'm sure it's just because yours are all lit up. Looks Great.

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    Great idea and nice result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelmuth View Post
    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.
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    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.
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    I think they're great. And vote for inside seams.
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    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
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    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.

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