Salvaged Metal Bird Feeder

Recycle metal parts into a distinctive bird feeder.

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Metal worker Amber Conger demonstrates how to transform old scrap metal and engine gears into a useful and eye-catching bird feeder.

Materials Needed:

  • salvaged steel pipe
  • rod
  • angle iron
  • bearings
  • gears
  • misc. parts and pieces
  • linseed oil
  • patina agent
  • steel chop saw
  • safety glasses
  • leather work gloves
  • electric hand grinder
  • plasma cutter
  • MIG or TIG welder
  • welding helmet and face shield
  • wire brush
  • air compressor
  • birdseed

Steps:

1. Gather an assortment of parts for the birdhouse. Clean the parts that need cleaning.

2. Cut the pipe and rods to length with a steel chop saw.

3. Put on safety glasses and leather work gloves. Cut holes in the pipe for birdseed using a plasma cutter.

4. Grind the rough edges on the pipe and rods using a handheld electric grinder (Image 1).

5. Weld the parts together with a MIG or TIG welder. Add decorative welding (Image 2).

6. Clean the welded areas with a wire brush to remove the black welding soot.

7. Apply a patina agent by spraying a patina agent from a spray bottle. Rinse the patina away and dry with compressed air (Image 1).

8. Fill the salvaged metal bird feeder with birdseed (Image 2).

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