As I promised in my last instructable (http://www.instructables.com/id/Ideas-for-discarded-mice-reuse-GO-TEAM-MOUSE/), I will show you how to make insects reusing damaged mice. But they won't be only insects. They will be vibroinsects!! :-)
First, I will make a mantis, step by step. And in the last step you will see two more ideas: an ant and a tick. They use the same basics of the vibromantis, so you can build anyone you want.
So, let's start with the vibromantis. And... GO TEAM MOUSE, GO!!!!!!!
Step 1: Materials
1 mouse (I use a wireless mouse for saving the AA batteries holder)
1 electric motor (from a toy car it's all right)
1 joystick eccentric weight (the thing that makes the joystick to vibre)
6 car wiper pieces, 4 for the legs and 2 for the arms (replacement: 6 legs from 3D glasses)
10 frame iron pieces
4 iron angles
1 AA 2 batteries holder (if you don't have a wireless mouse)
2 AA batteries
1 deodorant cap
screws and bolts
For the lower body I used an aluminum piece from an alarm, but you can replace it with some plastic container.
For the neck I used an iron piece found in the street. The head is an industrial piece foun in a junkyard. You can replace it even with a Lego block.
Dremel Rotary Tool
And don't forget the classic building rules:
1. If you don't have it, replace it!
2. Use protective equipment (dust mask and goggles)
3. Beware of drilled and soldered hot surfaces
4. Work in a good ventilated area.
5. Always have junk in stock
Step 2: Lower body and legs
The aluminum piece (the main part of the lower body) is hollow below, because it will house the motor.