Introduction: Bike Out of Wire

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How to make a wire sculpture

This is not a complete step by step Instructable for you to follow, it will guide you to make a bike out of wire. I learned how to do this in Senegal, and this Instructable is me learning by doing.

if you have something to add, please do so, this Instructable is made for collaboration.

First tips:

You should start with a thick long wire.
You should not cut the wire
the whole point is that you turn it to the right or to the left side to build the bike

Materials & tools

Wire - thin and a bit thicker wire

the more flexible the wire the easier it will be for you to build the bike.
the more stable you want the sculpture to be the thicker the wire that you should use.

Needle-nose pliers
Wire cutters (needle-nose pliers and wire cutters are sometimes combined in a single tool)
large nails or pens
1 pair of wire-cutters
1 pair of needlenose pliers
Useful: real models for inspiration, such us your own bike, or old toy cars.

Step 1: Turning the Wire

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Using the pliers twist the wire to the opposite side,

Step 2: More Turning

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repeat the step twice towards the opposite side to make a bike seat!

Step 3: Making the Fist Step

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Using a tense long wire calculate more or less how big you want the seat to be and then twist the wire to your opposite side.

Step 4: More Turning- Holding the Shape

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You should hold the wire firmly while you are twisting it so that you are able to maintain the shape of the seat.

Step 5: An Example

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It should look like this

Step 6: Making Small Curves

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Now you are going to to turn the wire down to start making the bottom side of the bike.

After you turn it down ( calculating the length of the bike) using a pencil or a nail you can make the round shape as seen in the picture.

Step 7: Repeat the Step

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repeat the step, you want to to create a spiral shape, for that reason the more you use the pencil to keep the width of the spiral shape the easier that it will be for you and the better it will look.

Step 8: Twisting Example

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twisting example, use any circular object to help you

Step 9: The Spiral Shape

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so here you can see that even my bike is not that straight but I am getting the shape right and the spiral shape as well.

Then you continue with the thick wire twisting it down and then up to make a triangular shape as seen in the picture.

Step 10: Connecting the Shape

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Now you use the thin wire, that is very flexible, to connect the shape.

Step 11: Making the Right Connections

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The idea is that you want to make your connections in a way that they are going to look good.

usually people do it exactly one after the other wire ended, leaving no space in between the wires

Step 12: Almost Ready

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The bike should look like this.

You are able to see how the thin wire was used.

You are able to see how the long wire is being constantly twisted to make the right shape.

Step 13: Making the Steering

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you should start like this and the you should twist the sides to make the steering that you want.

Step 14: Steering

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Tips to make the steering

Step 15: More Steering Tips

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more steering tips

Step 16: Steering Details

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Close up of the steering

Step 17: Connecting Parts

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This is how you should connect the bike with the steering

Step 18: Getting Ready for the Tires

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Here is the set up to insert the wheels into the bike

Step 19: To Make the Tires

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to make perfect circles you can use a coca-cola can

Step 20: Making the Tires

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To make the circle you can use any soda can to get the perfect circular shape.

Then using the thin wire you can connect the tire to the bike.

Step 21: Detail.

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Step 22: Detail

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Step 23: Connect the Tires to the Steering

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make sure you leave some space to attach the wire that will connect the tires to the steering.

you can now cut the wire extra wire

Step 24: Wheel Detail

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more inspiration for the tires

Step 25: Finishing Up the Bike

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make sure the tires are turning.

Step 26: Detail

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Step 27: Making the Pedal

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The pedal

Step 28: Using Cans for Style

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cut the upper side

cut the rest of the can to cover the shapes.

In this case I cut the body of the can into small strips to add some color into the bike.

Be careful the edges can cut you quite easily

Step 29: Stylish Bike

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for bike decorations you can use fabric or cans to add some style to your bike

Step 30: Future Ideas

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Now you can create cars or other objects and decorate them with can left overs.


mfarooqi (author)2015-07-28

nice.. i like it. .:)

it just recalled me my child hood.. when i used to make cars, trucks, tank with coke/colddrink tins.. I wish i could have saved those stuff to publish.. or I wish I would have this "internet kind of thing" in that time..

Squid Tamer (author)2009-10-25

Just do the same thing with 1-2 inch wide metal pipe and you'll have the coolest bike in the world.

ruckerr (author)2009-02-04

I used your construction process and made a 'stingray' bike with banana seat and sissy bar. Looks awesome!

artdaniela (author)ruckerr2009-02-05

that looks great, but I cannot see the banana seat, can you take a close up photo?

ruckerr (author)artdaniela2009-02-05

yes ma' will b a few days tho, i'm headin out of town. I'm planning more versions too, to include possibly some motorcycles. I also did a human skeleton, but it's not the best.

god_gave_knex_to_you (author)2009-01-08

ha.. heineken-mobile

lordofthedonuts (author)2008-09-21

That's really cool, I love that kind of 'ible very detailed with a lot of pictures an steps! I've once seen a motorcycle made like that and the tires were made with stuffed trash bags, it's hard to explain. Where are you from? I see that your Coca Cola cans are not written in English. And Really good pictures, btw!

I was in senegal when I was learning how to make all kinds of good stuff from the locals. This is my friend teaching me.. so the photos is me learning by doing.. Glad you enjoyed it

Sandisk1duo (author)2008-09-21

can you ride it?

artdaniela (author)Sandisk1duo2008-09-21

If you make a big/real one why not?

Sandisk1duo (author)artdaniela2008-09-22

where am i going to find huge pliers?


mycroftxxx (author)2008-09-22

Where did you take these photos? It looks like something out of Afrigadget.

shooby (author)2008-09-21

Pretty impressive. If you have some more of the thin wire, you could use it to out spokes on the bike wheels.

artdaniela (author)shooby2008-09-21

would be nice to see. post photos if you do it.

jessyratfink (author)2008-09-21

I love this! It's so detailed. :)

bumpus (author)2008-09-21

That Heineken car is awesome!!

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-09-21


Teh_Fluff (author)2008-09-21

pretty cool

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