Step 2: The Bearing

The can is used wth its open side downwards.

The bearing consists of a dimple in the bottom, made from the inside, hanging on the sharpened point of the nail or rod. To position the dimple nicely in the middle I used a template cut out of the plastic lid the can came with. The dimple is made with a Phillips screwdriver, pushing and turning. Do not exaggerate, as it will not work if you pierce the metal. A dimple just large enough to keep things in place on the nail is sufficient.

The point carrying the can needs to be sharp. The trick is to minimise the diameter of the contact surface, to minimise friction.

Remove all coverings and any glue. The cans I used had some hotmelt glue on them, most easily removed by heating the metal slightly from the inside (with the long-neck candle lighter I had lying arround). Take care not to burn yourself.
<p>love this! we are making one! future reference for the decorative holes. make them first. put water in the can and freeze it. you can then nail the pattern in with a solid background. </p>
<p>I have a question for you. Have been wanting to try to make something out of cans for a while now, and I think you have just inspired a whole lot, but is there any way of getting rid of the sharp edges? Thanks a lot</p>
That is a though one.<br>For the holes, you can file down the burrs.<br>For the vanes, in theory you could bend over the edges and flatten them, but that would be quite hard.<br>In this project the sharp edges and burrs are all aiming inwards, so they do not pose a problem for normal use.
Nice work! And <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Spinning-Sparkling-Candle-Carousel/" rel="nofollow">great minds think alike</a>...!
Yes indeed, yours is more elaborate and very beautiful. <div id="myEventWatcherDiv" style="display: none;"> &nbsp;</div>
Congrats on making it as a finalist!
Thank you... And yours is sturdier! :-)
Sweet! I think I will make one and add it to the thermal section of my website hgttp://www.aboutsteam.com
Thanks!<br> <br> Interesting project, your site.<br> <br> If you are into steam, you might also like this <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Pop-pop-or-put-put-steamboat-made-easy-for-childre/" rel="nofollow">super simple steamboat</a>&nbsp;of mine. <div id="myEventWatcherDiv" style="display: none;"> &nbsp;</div>
Very very good <br>Thank you
Awesome! Truly awesome. Wish you were my teacher in grade school. I found a recipe for making Gel Fuel for my fake arse fireplace. Found a new use for it I think. I'll try it out and post a pic if I can. (blushing)
Thanks, I'm flattered.
Great Instructible! Love the effect. Maybe for an adult version, to make the pivot bearing with less friction, you could fix a needle to the nail tip instead using either wire to bind it on or epoxy resin glue.
Great idea. In theory a well sharpened nail point should give a similar contact surface as a needle. But in practice the ready made needle point will easily give the better solution.<br> <br> Loosing weight by making a lot of holes ore larger openings would also help lowering friction. See the one from <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Spinning-Sparkling-Candle-Carousel/" rel="nofollow">susanrm</a>. <div id="myEventWatcherDiv" style="display: none;"> &nbsp;</div>
Congrats on being featured in the newsletter! :-)
For those without access to many workshop tools, there's a trick for punching holes in the sides of cans without deforming the cylindrical shape.<br><br>Fill the can(s) with water. Freeze until solid. Punch the holes through the metal against the supporting block of ice. Thaw, then discard contents.
Thanks for the tip.<br><br>In some cases the expansion of the ice might damage the can. But as tin cans are pretty strong, it will probably work in most cases.
Good one. I am going to have to do this. Thanks for posting!
Love it! Nice use of materials and tools.<br>I may make one.
I think I know what I'm getting my Mom for Christmas!<br><br> Great 'ible!
Clever! These kind of lamps are pretty expensive in stores! Would it work with a lightbulb instead of candles?<br><br>Y.
It is worth a try. You need enough hot air though, with the primitive bearing and the rather heavy tin can used.
Loo, you can check out the <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/An-Orange-Lamp-works-1/" rel="nofollow">one from Mr. Sanchez</a>, with a lightbulb! <div id="myEventWatcherDiv" style="display: none;"> &nbsp;</div>
Nice ...that reminds me my <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/An-Orange-Lamp-works-1/" rel="nofollow">lamp</a>
Yours is very nice to. Great to see one with a with a lamp!

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