This Instructable will show you how to make a Shuriken (Japanese throwing star) from an old bicycle sprocket.
WARNING: SHURIKEN ARE DANGEROUS! MAKE AND USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. THESE ARE BANNED IN SOME COUNTRIES. THEY ARE FUN!
Step 1: Materials
The only material you need is an old bicycle sprocket. Front or rear sprockets would work. Rear sprockets wear out faster, so they are easier to find. If you do not have your own old sprockets, you can ask at your local bicycle shop. My local shop had a special trash can full of old metal bicycle parts set aside just for "artists" like me. Remember to say Thanks.
Step 2: Tools
You will need the following tools:
P.P.E. Safety Glasses and Gloves
Something to mark with. I used a Sharpie
Something to cut metal. I used a hack saw, but a band saw would make it easier. Just make sure it has a metal cutting blade.
Something to smooth and sharpen after the cuts. I used a file, but a grinder would really make quick work of it.
Something to hold the sprocket while you cut and file it. I used a Workmate clamping table, but a table vise would hold better.
Sounds like I need more tools, but that is what it is about, working with what you have.
Step 3: Mark Your Sprocket
The first thing you will notice is that your sprocket looks like it wants to be a throwing star! Mark your sprocket where you want to make your cuts. You can freehand it or make a pattern to get your points just right.
Step 4: Cut Off the Non-Shuriken Parts
Use your saw to cut on the lines you made in the previous step. Do not worry if you are a little off. You can straighten up your lines in the next step. Whether you are using a hack saw or power saw, remember to saw with peace.....never saw while mad or angry. A valuable lesson that I learned from a young student ,in a wood working class I was teaching
Step 5: File to Shape and Sharpen
Use your file or grinder to shape and sharpen the points that you made. You don't need razor sharp points.
Step 6: Decorate and Enjoy
I usually leave a bunch of my projects unfinished but I was inspired by the contest purple to add a bit of fancy to my Shuriken. I looked up Japanese symbols for fig (Another point of the contest purple). I was pleased that there were more than six, so I could use a different symbol on each of the points. I painted the symbols with purple finger nail polish. It makes the shuriken something that you could display with pride. Instead of just something to throw at an old piece of plywood.
As always, Have fun and enjoy.
Thanks for reading.