Add a classy touch to household décor by making your own stylish geometric holders for plants or candlesticks.
STEP 1: MEASURE AND CUT STEEL RODS
Each holder will require three long rods, and six small rods. Two 48″ steel rods, and two brazing rods will make 4 holders.
The cut list per holder is as follows:
- (3) Long 1/8″x4″ metal rod pieces
- (6) Small 1/8″x1-1/2″ metal rod pieces
Cut these rods with a metal cutting blade on any number of tools. And yes, you can use a chop saw, a jigsaw, an angle grinder, etc. If there are any rough edges, use a grinder to smooth those out.
STEP 2: BRAZE TRIANGULAR END PIECES
- Place the three small rods in the shape of a triangle on your brick work surface. You are going to braze these three points with the Bernzomatic bronze flux coated brazing rods.
It takes a couple minutes for the brazing rod to melt and the steel to heat, so patience is required. If you try to touch the brazing rods to the steel before both are properly heated, it may stick. That might move your steel piece, which means you’ll have to stop, reposition, and start again. It’s better to wait until the very tip of the brazing rod looks almost like it’s going to drip, then gently touch it to the heated steel… It’s more like hovering and gently spreading liquid.
Once all three points are connected, let it cool completely, and make a second triangle. To ensure both triangle pieces are identical, place the three rods in the slight outline that is left behind. Because just brazed an imprint into your brick, why not make good use of it? Just heads up, your triangles won’t be perfect, and that’s okay. They just need to be identical to each other.
STEP 3: ATTACH SIDE PIECES
- Now connect the two 4” rods to the triangle piece and braze.
- The triangle piece must be set upright. Make sure the triangle piece, and connecting rods are perfectly square, and not skewed. Otherwise, it will be slanted.
Place the second triangle piece against the long sides just to help hold the long rods in place. This also ensures they will match up to the other end and are properly aligned.
Once you have brazed one side, flip it around, and attach the second triangle piece.
Finally, attach the last rod, and when it’s cool it’s ready for use!
These adorable geometric plant holders are perfectly sized for your test tubes! You can propagate plant cuttings, use them as candlestick holders, or just add it as décor for your table scape. But whatever you choose to use them for, you can be proud of your new skill!