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Christmas "Chris-Moose" Metal Sculpture with Glowing Nose

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This Instructable will show you how to make a metal moose sculpture. This was built as a Christmas present for my wife who has loved moose since our youngest son said he wanted to be a moose when he grew up. We have called him moose ever since.  Our son's name is Chris so that is why this is a "Chris-Moose" sculpture and not a "Christmas Moose" sculpture.

I added a glowing red nose to make it fit in more with the Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer theme.  It's a fun project that brings a smile to kids and adults alike.

The moose is made entirely out of 1/4-inch diameter stainless steel rod and a couple stainless steel washers. I had some of the stainless rod from previous projects and decided to use it. You could make yours out of plain steel, aluminum, steel rebar, or whatever else you have available. You may just want to size it accordingly for whatever you are using and the amount that you can bend your material.

 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

MATERIALS
  • 1/4 inch diameter stainless steel rod. I used a little less than 2 pieces that were 12 feet long.
  • 1-inch diameter stainless steel washers
  • AA Battery Box from Radio Shack - Catalog #: 270-409
  • 24 gauge wire for connecting from battery box to LED
  • Red LED for the glowing red nose
  • Appropriately sized resistors for the LED
  • 3M Adhesive Strip

TOOLS

The tools I used on the project were as follows:
  • Miller Maxstar STH 150 tig welder
  • Vise
  • Clamps
  • Leather gloves for welding and metal work
  • Vise
  • Welding shield
  • Soldering Iron
  • Utility Knife
  • Metal Ring Roller
  • Hot Glue Gun


Not all of the tools in this list are required, but will make the construction much easier.  Your build may need more or less than what I show.  This may also vary based on the material that you construct your marble track and cabinet with.

NOTE: If you plan on using any tool for a project please make sure you are familiar with the tool and all of the dangers associated with it. If you are not familiar with a tool then you should ask someone who is to show you the proper way to use it. A lot of communities have classes at local colleges on the proper use of tools and machinery. There are also local woodworking clubs that offer classes at very reasonable rates for beginners. I highly recommend using these resources for your safety and for the most efficient use of the tool.

SAFETY FIRST
Always wear eye and hearing protection.
Always work safe with the proper safety equipment and guards on your tools.
This is pretty cute, and you go over some great techniques. Thanks for an excellent post.