Q - What kind of ball bearing are used in your wind sculptures
We use stainless steel ball bearings in all of our sculptures. Depending on the sculpture and location within the sculpture they may be open or sealed.
Q - Can Hypnartic Artwork wind sculptures be anchored in sand at the beach?
The easiest way to anchor our sculptures in beach sand is to purchase a large plastic garden pot at Home Depot or Lowes (at least 2 feet deep) and bury it in the sand. Fill it with ordinary garden soil. Once that is done, install the wind sculpture as we suggest in our instructions, using the ground anchor we provide. This method will give great support to the wind sculpture.
Q - How do I keep my copper wind sculpture looking new?
There are many good copper cleaners on the market that will do the job. One method is to apply a coat of combination automobile wax/cleaner, which should help keep the copper bright. It shouldn't take more than 10 minutes to apply and remove. We recommend doing this only when needed; a quick polish every couple of years should suffice. We also recommend applying Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2X Clear Satin while the sculpture is new.
Q - Will my wind sculpture develop a patina?
Yes, it will develop a patina depending upon which kind of acids are in the air. You can expedite the process by placing a mixture of 1/4 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup of ammonia and two tablespoons of Miracle Grow on the copper leaves. Q - Does the Concord Swan come with the green patina, or is that an older one in your video?The Concord Swan comes with a patina. However, you can increase the copper look by using steel wool to rub off the patina. Q- What is minimum wind velocity that will move Hypnartic Artwork sculptures? Our Double Spinning Leaves wind sculpture will begin to turn at 3 to 4 miles per hour; at this slow pace the arms and leaves provide a kaleidoscopic effect. We use expensive sealed bearings and match each set of leaves by weight, so one side will not be heavier than the other. By insuring each arm and leave are close in weight, we are able to get our sculpture to turn in even modest winds. We also have designed each leaf with a slight cantor to it, so in high winds it will spill some of the wind. This keeps our sculptures from wildly spinning like a pin wheel and continuing to deliver a visual treat.Q - Where can I find additional assembly instructions? Assembly instructions can be found on the web site, including printable instructions as well as assembly videos. See here for more information.
Q - Do I have to remove the wind sculpture during high winds?
No; if installed properly using the supplied anchor and inserting the lower pole one foot into the ground. In winds in excess of 50 miles per hour, we recommend removing the upper portion of the sculpture.
Q - Can I leave the sculpture outside all year long?
Yes; Hypnartic Artwork sculptures are designed to withstand extreme temperatures and will not be harmed by snow, rain or extreme heat.
Q - Do I have to grease or lubricate any part of the sculpture? No, our sculptures are maintenance-free. The multiple bearings that allow the sculptures to turn are permanently sealed and do not need lubrication.
Q - Is it possible to install the wind sculpture base in a dirt/rock base with bark over dirt instead of on a grass base? How secure is this installation since I do not know how deep I can "pound" the three prong base and center pole into the ground?
As a backup, we suggest you purchase a bag of QUIKRETE® and then dig a hole so the top of the anchor is even with the ground. Then pound the bottom pole about one foot into the ground. Next, mix some of the QUIKRETE® with your gravel and cover the anchor, then water it lightly so the QUIKRETE® is damp only. By morning it should have hardened and you will have a solid base.
Q - I would like to mount the sculpture on our deck. I can drill a hole in the floor and floor joist the diameter of the shaft (it is treated lumber) and also attach the pole to the railing of the deck with a pipe bracket if the horizontal pivot point is above the raining (<40 inches). Does this sound feasible? Any concerns at all?
Both approaches should work with the Spinning Leaves.
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