I got this for use in doing some work on Christmas wire frame decorations that I build myself. The size is appropriate for the wireframe light clips and it is easy to weld and stiff enough that whatever you build will not bend when it is moved around. Bending it is a challenge but it can be done. Obviously you want to paint something like this with multiple good coast of paint for use outside. And it needs cleaned well before painting. If you want to build something with no bends you can build something like a snowflake but that means more short pieces and more welding. I built a large tree out of rebar for the outer frame and I am considering putting a curved mouth on it with this with some smaller stuff maybe for the eyes.
Pros: Sturdy, easy to weld, right size for light clips
Metal stock, such as this steel rod is useful for numerous projects. This rod can be easily cut with a hacksaw and any rough edges at the cut line can be removed with a file. With a metal cutting lathe the rod can be reduced to a smaller diameter or otherwise fashioned to make custom parts. For attaching a small pulley a flat can be filed on the rod so that the pulley is locked in place.
Everbilt 1/4 in. x 72 in. Plain Steel Round Rod this rod bends easily in a bender or can be threaded nuts when you need an extra long bolt that you cannot buy. The work great and also can be welded easily. Check the supply of Everbilt various metals rods and tubing at the hardware section at your local Home Dept store. If you don’t see what you want go to Home Depot.com and have it shipped free to your local store.
Purchased new outdoor shade for patio and mounting hooks didn't line up. Instead of drilling three new holes into concrete lintel, used 1/4 in X 72 in steel rod to mount the new shade using the current mounting holes and hooks. The rod is strong enough to support the shade with no bending. Exactly what we needed.