See all the colors of the rainbow when you spin this mobile! Or choose your favorite colors to create one of two sizes of spinners—double or single. Caution: Watching the spinner in motion may cause daydreaming!
See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:
Quick drying adhesive
Download the PDF for the Rainbow Spinner Project Pattern. You will use the large square pegboard for your project. If you are using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. MAKE 2 OF EACH PIECE except #1 for the double spinner. For a single spinner, make 1 of each piece, using half as many beads. Place your beads following the pattern.
Ask an adult to fuse your designs. Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the pegboard. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. DO NOT OVER-IRON as this will cause the beads to close and can make assembly of your project more challenging. Let the design cool.
Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat the fusing. Let cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.
Note: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly. Lift the paper occasionally to see how the beads are fusing. Additional heating time may be required.
ASSEMBLY: Tie a large knot in the end of the cord. It should be big enough so that it doesn't pull through the openings in the pieces.
Thread the pieces through the center holes in order from bottom (piece 30) to top (piece 1), then in reverse order from piece 2 to piece 30. Leave plenty of cord at the top and create a temporary hanging loop.
You will probably need the help of another person for this step. Suspend the threaded spinner so that you can position the individual pieces: fan each piece about 1/2 inch in a clockwise direction from the previous piece. Do a few pieces to determine if that is the spacing you like and adjust if needed. Work through the entire spinner to see the effect. Once you have the final positioning, spot glue the layers together.
Create a strong hanger at the top to finish. You can display the finished spinner either inside or outside.