Bike Taxidermy Wall Hangers.

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Introduction: Bike Taxidermy Wall Hangers.

About: Snotflower Power be with you. And also with you.

Here is how I made some bike taxidermy wall hooks from dead bike parts and wood.

I am now aware that Picasso made it first thanks to it being pointed out to me several times, I am sure he wouldn't mind people making their own versions and recycling dead bikes!

You will need:

Wood.
Bike handlebars.
Bike saddle.
Used inner tubes.
Wood.
Jigsaw.
Cable ties.
Pen.
Scissors.

Step 1: Get Some Old Handle Bars and Saddles.

Use your own dead bike, or ask your nearest community d.i.y. bike workshop, or nicest bike shop for their dead bits on the way to the scrappie's.

Step 2: Match Up the Handlebars and Saddles to Make Cool Horned Skull Shapes.

I am making three sets in one go.

Play around with making different pairs of handle bars and saddles until you get some good looking bull-like horned skull shapes.

Step 3: Fasten the Horns to the Saddles.

Turn each pair of handlebars and saddles over, and secure them together with cable ties. Snip the cable tie tails off.

This makes them pretty secure, strong enough to hang coats or helmets off of, for example. I have seen some bike taxidermy wall hooks used to hang bikes from, but I am assuming that the handle bars are welded together.

Step 4: Reinforce Cableties by Wrapping the Joins in Inner Tubes.

I can't express how much I love dead inner tubes.

I think hiding the cable ties is good, as it looks like it's all completely made out of dead bike bits, and it does give the fastenings a bit more strength. There will still be some movement in the handlebars though, that's why I'm not going to try and hang anything too heavy off the finished pieces.

Step 5: Make the Trophy Mount From Hardboard.

Get yourself some hardboard.

I wasn't too precious about the accuracy of the trophy shape, keeping the rusty d.i.y. wonkey vibe, I think it adds to the dead bike feel.

I made a rough template and drew it on the hardboard and cut it out with a jigsaw. I'm sure there's lots of Instructables about how to use jigsaws if you need that info.

Step 6: Fasten Your Horned Bike Skulls to Your Hardboard Trophy Shapes.

Again, don't be too precious, a bit of wonkeyness never killed nobody. I think.

I lined all the pieces up on the backings so they were more or less straight, marked a few dots either side, then drilled holes through the dots big enough to poke more cable ties through.

Step 7: Paint the Trophy Shape, and Mount Your Bike Taxidermy.

I painted my three hardboard bits silver, and fastened the skull shapes to the boards with more cable ties.

Then I hung them on the wall, with more lovely cable ties, and there they are!

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And the bull ring totally makes it.

that looks great! I do like the shiny look for it actually :)

How about acquiring a bull's head and making a bike saddle out of it ? - Use the horns to make a pair of handlebars.

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Yes cool idea, I'm going to try that!

No polishing involved, I like the rusty look better though.

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If you came up with this on your own, that's awesome, but... this is a remake of Picasso's 1942 sculpture Bull's Head, a fairly famous example of found object art...

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052748703551304576261042931202326

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Yeah I came up with it in my head, had a few comments about it being Picasso's idea originally as if I'm ripping it off. I hadn't seen it until I'd made mine and it was pointed out. Collecting taxidermy and working in a bike shop, and being big into recycling, pretty easy to see how the horns and saddle look like a mounted skull. Also, Picasso made his as art, mine are just wall hooks.

You didn't rip him off, you came up with something different-- the longhorn model. Besides, you came up with the idea on your own. Tell your friends that it's a case of great minds thinking alike.

Picasso himself allegedly said, "Good artists borrow, great artists steal." It's less about how blatantly one uses another's idea than it is about making the idea your own. In fact, though, it's a mis-attribution. T.S. Eliot is the original source. "Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what
they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least
something different."

Eliot, T.S., “Philip Massinger,” The Sacred Wood, New York: Bartleby.com, 2000.

ha that's pretty funny that even the quote is borrowed too.

Yep I'm not too worried about the estate of Picasso suing me, but if they did- there are other similar Instructables which I have since discovered like this one by Veryrealperson

https://www.instructables.com/id/Recycled-Handlebar...

I would probably just try to push him into the firing line first lol.

It was a pretty big "Oh yeah, those two things look like this thing" moment when I saw Picasso's version, so I didn't mean to claim you ripped it off, but you could get into trouble if you tried selling them.

And whether you think so or not, you made something that makes people think about things differently, so it's art. Too bad yours won't be as valuable as Picasso's version.

There would only be a problem selling them if you claimed they were Picasso's. Nobody holds a copyright on taxidermied bike parts. I love this project!

Glad you like it Sleepy2, thanks.