Salvaged Metal Bird Feeder
Metal worker Amber Conger demonstrates how to transform old scrap metal and engine gears into a useful and eye-catching bird feeder.
- salvaged steel pipe
- angle iron
- 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
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).