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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.
 
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Step 1: Get some old handle bars and saddles.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Dr.Duckhunt8 months ago
Thanks again. A super. addition to my collection.
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Snotflower (author)  Dr.Duckhunt8 months ago

And the bull ring totally makes it.

Snotflower (author)  Dr.Duckhunt8 months ago

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

steve.zissou.35 made it!7 days ago

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

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Snotflower (author)  veryrealperson8 months ago

Yours is cool, dunno about cooler though ;) ... yours is sturdier, but mine cost nothing.

I think I spent 10 bucks. Mostly recycled parts though :)

wobbler2 months ago

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

CobyUnger made it!8 months ago

Nice project. Thank you.

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Snotflower (author)  CobyUnger7 months ago

Sweet! Really love yours, thanks for showing. x

Thanks. I've been using it to hang up my bike.
Marojale8 months ago

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

Snotflower (author)  Marojale8 months ago

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.

bo88y Snotflower7 months ago

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.

Snotflower (author)  bo88y7 months ago

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

http://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.
sleeepy2 Marojale8 months ago

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!

Snotflower (author)  sleeepy28 months ago

Glad you like it Sleepy2, thanks.

sub13mundo8 months ago

Suuuuper cool!!!!

Dr.Duckhunt8 months ago
No polishing involved, I like the rusty look better though.
soundgod068 months ago

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

Snotflower (author)  soundgod068 months ago
FFS. Yes it's wood! Hurrah for you!
agis688 months ago

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

Snotflower (author)  agis688 months ago
You are missing the point of this completely. It's a DEAD bike, it's supposed to look dead. Go polish your own.
and7barton8 months ago

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

Snotflower (author)  and7barton8 months ago

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

Dr.Duckhunt8 months ago
Super I'll show you mine when done . Thanks for the idea. My craft room could use one
Snotflower (author)  Dr.Duckhunt8 months ago

Looking forward to seeing yours.

Dr.Duckhunt8 months ago
Bad artists copy, great artists steal.
Snotflower (author)  Dr.Duckhunt8 months ago

;)

moonsoup8 months ago

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.

Snotflower (author)  moonsoup8 months ago

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

bethmwl8 months ago

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.

Snotflower (author)  bethmwl8 months ago

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

evildrneil8 months ago

These look fabulous - time to go skip raiding!

amandaggogo8 months ago

These are pretty amazing!

Snotflower (author)  amandaggogo8 months ago

Thankyou!

technologyguy8 months ago
Love it! Super creative and nothing had to die- except a bike or two. I'll be copying your idea.
Snotflower (author)  technologyguy8 months ago

Cool, I'd love to see yours :)

amandaggogo8 months ago

These are pretty amazing!

trog-oz8 months ago

Just like Picasso did in 1942

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