We've all seen metal garden flowers at the store or in other people's yards, but have you ever wanted your own that wasn't so cookie-cutter perfect and without personality? With some simple tools (and a few not-so-simple ones) you can make your own garden flower out of mild steel.
This Instructable assumes that you know a little bit about sheet metal work. I have written several Instructables that cover some of these techniques.
- 2 square feet of 20 or 22 Gauge sheet steel - 3/16" x 1 1/4" bolt - 3/16" nut - 3/16" Plastic or Nylon Washers - 3/16" Lockwasher - Printed Design - Spray paint in the colours you have selected - 4 feet of 1/4" or 3/8" solid steel rod
- Goggles - Gloves - Ear protection
- Ball-pein Hammer - Blowtorch - Anvil - Scriber - Drill - Bandsaw or Jigsaw - Hacksaw - Metal files - Screwdriver - Scissors - Scotch Tape - MIG welder (and ALL ASSOCIATED SAFETY EQUIPMENT) - Bucket of water
Once we have these things we can proceed to laying out our pattern on the material.