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The gentle sculpted curves of this Christmas decoration will add a graceful touch to your outdoor holiday decorations.
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Refer to the Flashing Ornament Project Guide to mark the lengths of pieces using a square and painter’s tape. (The pieces shown will make an ornament about 6 feet long.) Cut pieces of flashing to length. Drill centered 5/32-inch holes 5 inches from the ends where shown on the guide. At the center of the two short strips, drill 3/8-inch holes.
Always wear leather work gloves when cutting, drilling, or otherwise working with flashing.
Make two stacks of strips, one with the longest strip on the bottom and shortest on top. The other stack should be the reverse of that order. Align the holes at one end of each stack.
Flashing will retain a curl from being wound into a roll. Straighten it slightly, but avoid accidentally making creases in the metal. When stacking straps, arrange the curves to work with the shape of the finished ornament.
Place a #6 washer on a 3/4-inch machine screw and push the end of the screw through a 5/32-inch hole in the 22-inch strap that will form the top loop. Then add the stack with the longest strip on the bottom.
Feed one end of the length of chain through the 3/8-inch hole in the top loop strap and place the end link around the screw. Then add the second stack of straps so that the two stacks will bow away from each other slightly.
Wrap the top strap around so the screw fits through the opposite hole. Add a washer and #6 nut to hold the assembly together. Then repeat at the opposite end using the 15-inch strap for the bottom loop and forcing the other straps into soft curves.
To hang the ornament indoors, eliminate the 3/8-inch hole in the bottom strap and the chain.
Cut the chains to length according to how you’ll hang the ornament. If you plan to display the ornament outdoors, bend the end links of the top and bottom chains enough to insert swivel hooks. Then bend the links back to their original shape.
Attach the top chain swivel hook to a rope wrapped around a tree limb or overhang on your house. Then tie down the bottom to a ground stake or connection to a porch floor or railing so the ornament doesn’t blow sideways in a strong wind.
After you master making the one shown, consider making a smaller version or one made from vinyl flashing.