This is a mini pocket sized Batman batarang project that I made into an optional fidget spinner, just to see if I could make it work, and it does. If you want the template, scroll down to the bottom of the page 🙂 I’ve always fancied making a more practical batarang, something a bit more spherical and well balanced, but quick to make from scrap metal. This is that build, made one weekend just for the hell of it…
Mini pocket batarang
This build all starts out with some 100mm square scrap mild steel plate, about 5mm thick. Tools are simple. A jigsaw with a good blade, a D-file and some safety specs, although if you have a small angle grinder that will speed up the build a lot. I had the steel cut in 20mins or less and the edges ground in about 30 mins. A quick lick of matt black paint and it’s finished.
Batman fidget spinner
The fidget spinner conversion is just a matter of adding a 22mm skateboard bearing, rescued from an old fidget spinner I had lying around, and the hole was cut with a 21mm HSS hole saw bought from ebay for £3. I decided to use 21mm so I could freeze the bearing and hammer it in for a really tight fit, although I did have to enlarge the hole ever so slightly with my D-file to get a perfect fit. Of course you could just use a 22mm hole saw and some glue or epoxy metal.
The pocket batarang was a compromise shape so it would work as a plain Batarang, and a spinner. If I were to use it just as a Batarang I would have decreased the amount of wing below the top of the wing tips. I think this would have looked better, and made it more effective at sticking in wood.
If I could change one thing about the fidget spinner build I would have placed the bearing as close to Batman’s head as possible to help with the balance.
Batarang spinner template
Included in the template is a simple mini 4 point throwing star for those who want to try it or have only the most basic hand tools.
The above project is aimed at adults for education and entertainment purposes only, not to replicate. Anyone doing so takes full responsibility for their own actions. Make sure that if you consider make throwing stars they are legal in your country.