Stained Glass Bike wheel spinner!

February 1st, 2010 in member junk     
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This is the completed wheel before I actually hung it outside!
The first step was to cut lots and lots of triangle pieces - 18 in all - to fit the shape of the spokes.Then wrap each piece in 1/4 in copper foil, and also wrap completely each spoke.
Each piece was then soldered to the spoke. Tedious...
I hung it using strong chain bolted onto the wheel post. It spins with just the slightest breeze!
Its actually spinning in this picture! I wish you could see it! Its SO cool!
This is the completed wheel before I actually hung it outside!

This is the completed wheel before I actually hung it outside!

Heading for work one morning about a month ago, I was totally disgusted when I discovered that someone had dumped a load of garbage on the side of our road during the night. But - of course - I HAD to stop and look! I found a great rusty old table base, some metal baskets and an old bike wheel. This is my first completed project from that forage!

Pattern or design used: My own design - Marie Wirth
posted in: member junk, metal, artwork, eclectic, glass, funky, garden, whimsical, fun, outdoor spaces, stained glass

Comments (18)

gadgetsponge writes: Fantastic idea!! Turned out great. What a conversation piece. Posted: 8:58 am on August 2nd
artteachergirl writes: I will never look at a discarded bicycle wheel the same again. This is wonderful!!So tell me more about that rusty table leg...hmmm. Posted: 7:51 pm on February 8th
bluebucket writes: What a fabulous piece of work. I do stained glass so I know how tedious this project would have been. Glad you persevered and shared it with us.
doreen Posted: 11:25 pm on February 4th
JunkArchitect writes: Marie, how did you come up with this idea…amazing!

Posted: 12:11 pm on February 3rd
CottageElements writes: Marie, what an amazing piece of artwork! You hit this one out of the park--great job!

Lani Posted: 1:06 am on February 3rd
shabbychick writes: Marie - I saw this on your blog and loved it! You are one clever junker - and not afraid to get your hands a little dirty in some roadside "treasures"!

I bet this is beautiful in the sunlight - it's sooo cool!

Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Posted: 10:26 pm on February 2nd
DownHomeDIY writes: This is just gorgeous and so creative. I keep going back to look at it. I am trying to find a couple of friends to take a class with me and now you motivated me to do it even more. Stunning, just stunning!
Thanks for sharing.
Posted: 6:23 pm on February 2nd
TinTinJunkFan writes: wow this is so unique...beautiful! Posted: 5:39 pm on February 2nd
54girl writes: What a neat idea! I bet it does look cool spinning!! Great job!! Mary Posted: 2:46 pm on February 2nd
Cynyth writes: This is spectacular!! A perfect piece for outdoors. Nice job!! Posted: 12:26 pm on February 2nd
SMILES, ALICE Posted: 11:39 am on February 2nd
RustyDiva writes: Awesome job Marie and looks like lot's of work! I'll be the sun coming through the glass is beautiful! Way to re~"cycle" (pun intended :)

Kenda Posted: 9:52 am on February 2nd
racers7 writes: That is awesome! I love how you put each step to make it...not that I could do it but it makes the piece seem so crafted and artistic. Melody Posted: 9:31 am on February 2nd
suewhitney writes: Cool beans, Marie. Wow, this is a labor of love! I wish I could see it in's so beautiful in the picture, but I imagine up close, it's stunning. Great work!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 9:08 am on February 2nd
chippingcharm writes: Wow-wee...this is amazing! Laurel Posted: 8:16 am on February 2nd
LadyCatherine writes: ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!!!! I am so impressed....
Posted: 5:12 am on February 2nd
junkermidge writes: Marie, that has got to be about the coolest thing EVER! What a lot of work, but the finished piece makes it worth it. Hanging it like that so it's outside and spins is brilliant.
I can't wait to see what else you come up with from your foraging adventure!
Midge Posted: 9:48 pm on February 1st
TreasuresRenewed writes: I seen this on your blog today and absoultly feel in love with it. Very cool. You do nice work. Stained glass is on my list of things I want to do.

Keep On Junking
Nora Posted: 9:43 pm on February 1st
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