# Spin tool is not shown in toolbar when trying to spin a curve

I am trying to find the spin tool in Blender version 2.68. It's not on the left panel. Should I check something in the preferences?

Here is a screenshot:

• It's there for me.. Are you in edit mode? (You can also access the spin tool with Alt+R) – gandalf3 Oct 24 '13 at 20:14
• yes, in edit mode. neither Alr+R not working – user1481 Oct 24 '13 at 20:15

The spin tool does not work with curves, it's specifically made for meshes. There aren't really any alternatives other than rotating around the 3D cursor.

To rotate around the 3D cursor:

1. Press . to set the pivot point to the 3d cursor.
2. Position the cursor at the center of the turn.
3. Extrude e and rotate the curve.

4. Tweak the handles so it's curved:

If you don't care if the object is a curve you could convert it to a mesh (Altc) and work with it from there.

• @user1481 If this answer has answered your question, consider accepting it. – gandalf3 Oct 24 '13 at 20:39

The spin tool is for mesh objects.

For curves you can get the same result using two curves, one for the outline and one for the 'spinning'. The outline curve is set as the bevel object to the spinning curve. For a 360 degree spin a BezierCircle is a good starting point.