Ponder no more, it's time to graduate from Bovine University and make your very own branding iron for all occasions!
This instructable will show you how to make your own beef brand from bicycle spokes.
This idea can easily be expanded to a chicken for poultry, a swine for pork cutlets, heck even Bambi for venison!
I chose to make this branding iron out of stainless steel spokes as it is food safe, the thin gauge is relatively easy to bend, and the spoke retains its shape.
Do not use wire coat hangers for this project, hanger metal is an alloy which may contain lead or other toxic elements which can be harmful if consumed
Do not brand skin
This instructable won runner-up in the Low & Slow BBQ Contest.
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Enough talk, let's brand something!
Step 1: Strip bicycle tire
As tempting as that bike lockup outside your school or place of work is many bikers frown upon having their tires removed for this purpose. Try to find a junked or bent tire to cannibalize.
I asked at my local bike store and they had two for me to choose from. Look for straight spokes with no coating (paint or stickers).
Step 2: Remove spokes
To remove, the spokes have a threaded end and are held in place by a fastener. The head of the fastener is located in the inside of the wheel rim, place your vice grips on the spoke and your flat-head screwdriver in the slot of the fastener then turn the fastener counter-clockwise.
Once undone feed the spoke through the center hub to remove.