Introduction: Bike Taxidermy Wall Hangers.

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!

Comments

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Dr.Duckhunt made it! (author)2014-03-05

Thanks again. A super. addition to my collection.

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-03-06

And the bull ring totally makes it.

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-03-06

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

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Dr.Duckhunt made it! (author)2014-03-03

Bad artists copy, great artists steal.

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Overlord Doge made it! (author)Overlord Doge2016-11-14

lol

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-03-03

;)

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and7barton made it! (author)2014-03-03

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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Overlord Doge made it! (author)Overlord Doge2016-11-14

That sounds awesome thx

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-03-04

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

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Dr.Duckhunt made it! (author)2014-03-07

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

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Overlord Doge made it! (author)Overlord Doge2016-11-14

same

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Marojale made it! (author)2014-03-03

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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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-03-03

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.

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Overlord Doge made it! (author)Overlord Doge2016-11-14

cool great idea

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bo88y made it! (author)bo88y2014-04-06

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.

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-04-07

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.

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Marojale made it! (author)Marojale2014-03-03

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.

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sleeepy2 made it! (author)sleeepy22014-03-04

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!

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-03-04

Glad you like it Sleepy2, thanks.

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Overlord Doge made it! (author)2016-11-14

dont have a camra but (I Made it!)

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Overlord Doge made it! (author)2016-11-14

Awesome thanks when ever I take apart a bike I do this its awesome thx

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SCHLEPIC made it! (author)2015-05-05

I definitely have to make one of these. Great job!

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steve.zissou.35 made it! (author)2014-11-15

Made mine with parts of my first bicycle. Thanks op for the idea.

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2015-03-14

that's ace! x

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wobbler made it! (author)2014-09-14

Looking good. Looks like you're just missing a rhino using a brake lever maybe for the horn(s).

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CobyUnger made it! (author)2014-03-26

Nice project. Thank you.

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-04-07

Sweet! Really love yours, thanks for showing. x

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CobyUnger made it! (author)CobyUnger2014-04-07

Thanks. I've been using it to hang up my bike.

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sub13mundo made it! (author)2014-03-09

Suuuuper cool!!!!

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soundgod06 made it! (author)2014-03-04

That "hardboard" you're using is interesting. I've never seen hardboard that thick, or with grain.

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-03-05

FFS. Yes it's wood! Hurrah for you!

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agis68 made it! (author)2014-03-04

you had a nice idea but the result is so poor. Rusty parts, black tape???? imagine to polish the metals and make nice joins...

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-03-04

You are missing the point of this completely. It's a DEAD bike, it's supposed to look dead. Go polish your own.

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Dr.Duckhunt made it! (author)2014-03-02

Super I'll show you mine when done . Thanks for the idea. My craft room could use one

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-03-03

Looking forward to seeing yours.

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moonsoup made it! (author)2014-03-03

Yes, it's always good to give credit to the original designer..... ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bull's_Head ~there.. now you're all good.

Thanks for the well laid out instructional.

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-03-03

Yeah, I hadn't seen it until after I made it, but thanks for posting the link.

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bethmwl made it! (author)2014-03-03

I loved your idea and the look of these. Gonna try it myself. You may also like to do an instructable for the table you are working on, it looks interesting.

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-03-03

Thankyou. I didn't make the table though, a friend did. It's a glass shower screen, and hardboard with collage underneath.

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evildrneil made it! (author)2014-03-03

These look fabulous - time to go skip raiding!

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amandaggogo made it! (author)2014-02-27

These are pretty amazing!

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-03-01

Thankyou!

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technologyguy made it! (author)2014-02-28

Love it! Super creative and nothing had to die- except a bike or two. I'll be copying your idea.

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-03-01

Cool, I'd love to see yours :)

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amandaggogo made it! (author)2014-02-27

These are pretty amazing!

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trog-oz made it! (author)2014-02-27

Just like Picasso did in 1942

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-02-27

Yep, mine are a bit cheaper though.

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Bard made it! (author)2014-02-27

makes me want to tackle one with my airbrush

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Snotflower made it! (author)Snotflower2014-02-27

I'd love to see that.

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sickdog74 made it! (author)2014-02-26

I love this so much!

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