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aluminium pop can`s/ whirligigs

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  • aluminium pop can`s/ whirligigs

    Smile  looking for directions for making aluminium pop can`s or beer can whirligigs (  starting with 2 cans - cut strips around each can and conecting each strip together adding wire to hang,   have also seen 4 cans together ) have spent many hours on the internet trying to find directions but have no luck.have seen them on e` bay to buy but thats it .any help would be gratefull!!!!


  • Re: aluminium pop can`s/ whirligigs

     Found this online

    A whirligig is a device with several fanning blades which can be placed in a wind current in order to create a spinning effect. A simple whirligig project can be completed by cutting a pair of empty soda cans to create both the body and the blades of the whirligig. This is a simple craft, though one which should only be completed by an adult, as the edges of cut cans can be sharp.

    Difficulty: Moderately Easy


    Things You'll Need:

    • 2 empty soda cans
    • Metal shears
    • Awl
    • Bolt
    • Nut
    • Super glue
    1. 1

      Poke a hole in the bottom of one of the empty soda cans with the awl.

    2. 2

      Cut the top off of the same soda can with the shears just below where the can first reaches its full width.

    3. 3

      Cut into the can with a vertical cut from the cut off edge to the bottom of the can, where the can starts to narrow at its base.

    4. 4

      Repeat the cut from Step 3 to create six to eight strips, to your own aesthetic preference.

    5. 5

      Fold the strips out at a ninety degree angle from the bottom of the can.

    6. 6

      Twist each strip about thirty degrees counterclockwise.

    7. 7

      Place the fanned can on the bolt by sliding the bolt through the hole in the bottom of the can until the fanned can is at the top of the bolt.

    8. 8

      Tighten the nut around the bolt until it is near the can at the top of the bolt. Don't fully tighten the nut, or it will secure the can in place, preventing it from spinning. You want the bolt as close to the can as possible without touching it.

    9. 9

      Apply super glue to the bottom of the bolt, and secure it to the bottom of the second can.

    10. 10

      Let the glue dry completely.

    11. 11

      Hold your whirligig up in the wind to watch it spin.

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