Wind Spinners Come in Metal, Copper, 3D Shapes and More
Copper Wind Spinners
Where Did Wind Spinners Come From?
Wind spinners have a very rich and unique history. They go all the way back to the introduction of the windmill. In order to better understand how wind spinners have become a part of our society it is important to to know where they came from.
First of all, no one really knows who the original inventor of the windmill was. It has been used for hundreds of years to power contraptions and machines. It has evolved from a horizontal shaft with four sails mounted on it to a rotating top with blades always pointing into the wind. Over the years the windmill took on smaller shapes, helping farmers to scare small animals and birds away from their crops and fields. As they got smaller they started to get some new names, including the whirlygig. They began to pick up popularity and were even a way for farmers to make money during the great depression. They evolved into the pinwheel and became a popular children's toy. The wind twirler was also created out of this, and only took a small breeze to cause it to start rotating.
The windsock is another novel wind contraption that evolved from the spinners. The wind sock was created from the weathervane and is used as a weather instrument. The wind sock has become a valuable tool in gauging the weather, and have become a great help to modern day forecasting. In addition to it's serious function, it can also be used as a yard decoration.
Metal Wind Spinners
3D Wind Spinners
Whirlygigs and Metal Spinners
Last of all, the whirlygig eventually led the way to the development of wind spinners. They are very similar to pinwheels because they have a horizontal shaft. Some have the vertical shaft principle and are suspended from the center to allow the sails to twirl. The wind spinners that are created with the vertical shaft have the benefit of being seen from the side as well as from head on. The beauty of these wind spinners is that with the different color metal fans and the rapid spinning movement, it creates a kind of kaleidoscope effect. This creates an illusion of movement and light from the motion that is created. These stainless steel spinners create beautiful illusions and are fun to watch.
Today, new technological advancements have allowed wind spinners to be in many different creative designs. Because they are made out of stainless steel they are rust-resistant and can be used indoors as well as outside. The other very popular material for them is a brushed copper. Indoors you will need a motor of some sort, or you can place them outside and let the wind do the work. Wherever you decide to put them, wind spinners can add some flair and style to your porch, back yard, or living areas.
More Hubs For Your Backyard Décor
- Garden Stakes - Decorative, Butterfly, and Solar Garden Stakes
Garden stakes are a wonderful way to change the scenery in your outdoor garden. They can be solar powered or made of metal or plastic. Either way, they will add color and personality to your backyard décor.
- Funny Garden Gnomes - Where to Find Funny Gnomes
Garden gnomes are extremely popular right now as a way to add character to your yard décor. But where did these little guys originate from? A brief history and some current ideas to place garden gnomes in your yard.
- Forest Faces and Tree Faces - Great Outdoor Decorations for Your Backyard
Looking for a way to give your backyard trees some more personality? Tree and forest faces are a great way to have your trees "speak" to you and are great outdoor decorations for your yard.
More by this Author
The Earth Box garden system is a versatile way to bring container gardener to your yard, patio, balcony or back door! You can grow vegetables, herbs or flowers in an EarthBox container.
Compost is a key element in having good soil in your garden. With with the info listed here, you can have compost in just weeks. The smell of fresh, rich compost is heavenly to an avid gardener.
Explore several approaches on how to clean pennies. The comparison of cleaning pennies is a great science fair project. Find out which way is best!