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« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2007 08:34:50 PM »

unbelievable...real ly creative use of the teaspoons
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« Reply #21 on: April 01, 2007 12:00:02 AM »

Thanks for all the warming comments!

to answer some of your questions: the spokes on the wheel was detachable, so I drilled a hole in each spoon and slipped them on the spokes. to keep them in place I used pieces of a wide rubberband. Though I think welding to keep the spoons in place on the spokes might be better. or maybe a glue gun.

for the "garlands" in the middle I used some kind of hollow straw i found outside. usually people use rye for this sort of thing, but any straw with a hole would do just fine. cut the straw in about 4 cm pieces and thread them on a string with some fabric and voila!

Next time I think I'll use a smaller wheel and better drills Smiley
 
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« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2007 12:20:48 AM »

Wow absolutely amazing! I always wanted to make something similar to this and you definitely gave me some new inspiration. Thank you.
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« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2007 06:08:38 AM »

So cool! I'll bet it makes crazy weird shadows....especial ly if a breeze catches it.

Really neat!
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« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2007 04:17:50 PM »

gorgeous
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« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2007 05:04:12 PM »

So incredible!!!!!!  I was wondering if non-flammable substitutes such as poly-clay and metal tubing might allow you to feel more comfortable about the flames.

This definitely rocks.
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flyangler
« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2007 12:30:52 PM »

Yep, those battery operated candles are exactly what I meant. You can get them in plain ol' flame color, too. 
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« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2007 09:45:38 PM »

I love it...it's absolutely gorgeous.

Regarding welding it: probably not such a good idea. Parts of bicycles like the rims and spokes are generally chromed, which is not fun to weld. It burns, and it produces stinky toxic smoke, and the welds look nasty. Also, if you were welding to the spokes, they're very thin and would melt and distort like crazy. Then there's the spoons themselves. If they're silver, they can't be welded with normal equipment. If they're stainless, you'd need stainless wire or rods, and you'd have to find something that would also work on the chromed bicycle parts.

Blah blah blah...sorry, I've been a welder for too many years!

My advice would be to either use hot glue or that Liquid Weld glue of some sort. I've had pretty good results with the two-part epoxy glues. For something like this, though, where there's a possibility of it a flaming candle falling on someone's head, I'm not sure I'd trust it as the only method of holding the spoons in place. You could rivet them in place, but then you'd still have to drill.

Anyhoo...I hope this has been at least vaguely helpful  Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2007 10:53:58 AM »

this is really cool!
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thief
« Reply #29 on: April 03, 2007 06:53:39 PM »

That's damn clever and cute and I want spoon tealight holders now!
Aweosme!
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