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How to make a weather vane

A weather vane tells you the direction the wind is coming from, and it also points you to the north. This is used to predict weather patterns. The vane spins and points in the direction of the wind. The weather vane is one of the first meteorological tools developed. This article will show you how to make a weather vane.

Design the vane

Design and cut the weather vanes and the direction symbols with tin snips. You can make an arrow, or you can use another symbol for your vane. It should have fewer square inches on the head end, and more square inches on the tail end. The head of the vane points swinging around to pint into the wind, which tells you the direction the wind is coming from. Cut two identical shapes out of the metal, and then cut a symbol for each direction, north, south, east and west.

Support pole

Support pole Use a round pole for the support pole. You can use a broomstick or any kind of pole which you have. The pole only needs to have a top on it which you can cut to fit inside a can or a jar. Find the location where you want to mount the pole. Make sure that it is in an area where you can catch the wind, and it is not obstructed by buildings or trees. Dowel rods Attach the dowel rods at 90-degree angles to support the pole with glue or foam. If the pole is thick enough, you can use drill to drill holes through the pole. Put the dowels through the holes and glue them. Make sure that you leave enough room at the top of the pole to place a jar over the top of it. Attach the direction indicators, north, south, east and west, to the end of the dowels, using stapes or tacks. Protect the pole from moisture by painting it with waterproof paint. Attach the weather vane bottom-up to the olive jar. Shape the centre of each piece around the far and secure with clips. If you are using a shape for your vane, such as a rooster, you will need to set the jar further up, so that it balances properly. You want it balanced so that your wind vane can catch the wind properly.

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