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Laser cut metal wind spinners have been popular for years, and can be seen hanging in gardens, on front porches, and on patios.  However, these often have sharp edges and may be unsuitable to hang indoors (particularly with little children in the home).  Here we will make a wind spinner out of cardstock that not only won't have sharp metal edges, but offers the possibility of unlimited personalization.

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Step 1: Materials and Equipment

Vector drawing software (I used CorelDRAW)
Laser cutter (my TechShop has a Trotec Speedy 300)
8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock
String or yarn

This instructable assumes some basic familiarity with CorelDRAW and a laser cutter.

Step 2: Design the Ring Segments

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Draw a series of concentric circles from 4" to 8" in diameter in 1/2" diameter steps (9 total circles).  Make sure that you set the line width to hairline so that the laser cutter knows that you want to cut these lines and not just engrave them.

Step 3:

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Draw a 0.4" x 7.8" rectangle centered on the circle's center.  This will overlap all but the outer circle.  Delete all of the arc segments inside the rectangle, then delete the rectangle itself.

Step 4: Draw a Snowflake

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Draw the first arm of the snowflake.  Athough a simple design consisting of rounded rectangles is shown here, be creative!  You can incorporate a variety of shapes like circles and hexagons to give your snowflake more character.  Here you can see the simple rectangles overlapping each other, and then welded together to make a single shape.

Step 5:

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Go to the transformations menu and select the rotate option.  Set the configuration for rotation around the bottom, 60 degree angle, and 5 copies.  This will give you all six arms of the snowflake.  If you don't like the final shape, go back a step and modify the design of the single arm, then repeat this step.  Once you are happy with the final appearance, select the weld option again to merge all of the arms into a monolithic snowflake.
barista2 years ago
I have Silhouette Cameo. Can you provide a SVG version of your design?
useraaaaa2 years ago
i do not have "laser" cutter
but i have cricut!
I love that snowflake! Perfect :)