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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
scissors
Cans
wire
1 pair of wire-cutters
1 pair of needlenose pliers
Useful: real models for inspiration, such us your own bike, or old toy cars.



 
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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.
Squid Tamer5 years ago
Just do the same thing with 1-2 inch wide metal pipe and you'll have the coolest bike in the world.
ruckerr5 years ago
I used your construction process and made a 'stingray' bike with banana seat and sissy bar. Looks awesome!
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artdaniela (author)  ruckerr5 years ago
that looks great, but I cannot see the banana seat, can you take a close up photo?
yes ma'am...it 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.
ha.. heineken-mobile
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!
artdaniela (author)  lordofthedonuts6 years ago
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
Sandisk1duo6 years ago
can you ride it?
artdaniela (author)  Sandisk1duo6 years ago
If you make a big/real one why not?
where am i going to find huge pliers?
lol
mycroftxxx6 years ago
Where did you take these photos? It looks like something out of Afrigadget.
shooby6 years ago
Pretty impressive. If you have some more of the thin wire, you could use it to out spokes on the bike wheels.
artdaniela (author)  shooby6 years ago
would be nice to see. post photos if you do it.
I love this! It's so detailed. :)
bumpus6 years ago
That Heineken car is awesome!!
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Awesome!
Teh_Fluff6 years ago
pretty cool